A MAN is to go on trial next year after he pleaded not guilty to raping a woman.

Patrick Dillon, 24, from Abertillery is accused of sexually assaulting the complainant in Caerphilly county three years ago in October 2021.

The defendant, of Somerset Street, denied the allegation during a hearing at Newport Crown Court.

Dillon is due to go on trial on January 6, 2025.

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The case is expected to last between three and four days.

He was granted conditional bail by Judge Eugene Egan.