A self-employed builder today appeared in court charged with raping a 14-year-old boy in public toilets at one of Britain’s most popular seaside resorts.
Richard Coulson, 51, is alleged to have attacked the teenage boy in a cubicle in the toilets on Bournemouth Pier, Dorset.
The alleged incident took place at 8.30am on Saturday, May 7. Coulson, of Bournemouth, was arrested on Monday on suspicion of rape and was charged last night Tuesday.
Coulson today appeared before magistrates in Poole to answer one charge of rape and one of intentionally touching a boy aged 14.
Dressed in a black short-sleeved shirt Coulson spoke only to confirm his name, age and address during the 10 minute hearing.
Selina Goddard, defending, told the court that the defendant would be contesting the charges against him and asked for him to be granted bail.
Richard Coulson, 51, is alleged to have attacked the teenage boy in a cubicle in the toilets on Bournemouth Pier, Dorset. Pictured: Library image of Bournemouth pier
The application was refused by the presiding magistrates and Coulson was remanded into custody.
He will appear at Bournemouth Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on June 13.
Earlier Detective Chief Inspector Ross Graham, of Bournemouth CID, said: ‘Following a fast-paced investigation and consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, we have been given authority to charge a 51-year-old man from Bournemouth with rape.
‘Specially trained officers are continuing to provide support to the boy and his family, and they have been updated with this latest development.
‘Our investigation into this reported offence remains ongoing and I would urge any witnesses or anyone with information to please contact Dorset Police.’
Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Darren Harris said: ‘We understand this reported offence will cause great concern to members of the public.
‘Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will be carrying out enhanced patrols over the coming week and can be approached with any concerns.
The incident allegedly took place in a cubicle on the pier (pictured: Library image) at 8.30am on Saturday, May 7. Coulson, of Bournemouth, was arrested on Monday on suspicion of rape and was charged last night Tuesday
‘We are continuing to work collaboratively with BCP Council and other partner agencies to ensure we have an increased visible presence along the seafront and these efforts will continue throughout the rest of the spring and summer.
‘Police officers, police community support officers, Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) officers and council staff can be approached by members of the public with any concerns.
‘RNLI lifeguards and staff can also be approached, with their beach towers serving as a safe place to address concerns or seek further help.’