A MAN accused of raping a teenager on the beach has been banned from entering Sussex.

Abdenour Ben Ali appeared at Hove Crown Court yesterday accused of raping the 18-year-old woman on the beach near the King’s Road Arches, Brighton, on Saturday, September 7.

Ben Ali, 28, previously of Sheepcote Road, Harrow, and now of Mount Drive, Harrow, denied the charge.

He was released on bail on the condition he continues to live at the new address.

He was also told he in banned from entering Sussex other than to attend court or appointments with his solicitor.

Algerian Ben Ali also had his passport confiscated while he is awaiting trial. He has lived in the UK for eight years and has indefinite leave to remain. He is currently applying for citizenship, the court was told.

Police were called to King’s Road Arches at about 4.30am on Saturday, September 7.

A man had been restrained by door staff at a nightclub after witnesses reported a suspected sexual assault of a woman on the beach.

The 18-year-old victim was taken to hospital and supported by specialist officers.

Ben Ali’s name was originally reported as Ben Abdenour but his name was corrected on the court records yesterday.

Ben Ali will face a trial by jury on April 14.

A pre-trial review hearing will be heard on March 31.