Ipswich: Footballer’s brother in court on rape charge

The brother of Premier League star Titus Bramble has appeared in court charged with raping a teenager.

Tesfaye Bramble is alleged to have raped the 19-year-old woman at the Vermont Hotel in Newcastle city centre in September.

The 30-year-old, of Stone Lodge, Ipswich, spoke only to confirm his name during the short hearing at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

He did not enter a plea.

The case was committed to Newcastle Crown Court, where Bramble will appear before a judge on January 10.

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He was granted conditional bail.

Sunderland defender Titus Bramble, 29, was originally arrested and quizzed with his brother following the complaint, but the former Newcastle United player was released without charge.

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On October 21, Northumbria Police confirmed Titus Bramble had been released with no further action taken against him.

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