A WIGAN man has appeared before Manchester magistrates accused of raping an 11-year-old boy in city centre toilets.
John Ferrier, 69, formerly of Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, faced two further counts of possessing craft and flick knives. The rape is alleged to have been committed at the Arndale Centre toilets on October 17.
Ferrier was sent to Manchester Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on June. He offered no plea to the charges and did not apply for bail.