A teenage boy has been accused of raping a woman and acting as a lookout for his accomplice.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Thursday charged with rape and aiding and abetting rape.
The alleged offences took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the city centre.
The court heard that the boy and his accomplice approached the woman as she was walking home. They asked her for directions and then followed her down a side street.
The boy is accused of holding the woman down while his accomplice raped her.
The woman managed to escape and ran to a nearby house for help. The boy and his accomplice fled the scene.
The boy was arrested later that day. He appeared in court on Thursday and was remanded in custody.
He is due to appear in court again next month.