A MAN has appeared in court charged with rape in North Ayrshire.

Derek Kennedy, 23, of Barrhead, appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday (Thursday) charged with three offences. 

Kennedy, who appeared in private, was charged with rape, sexual assault and possession of drugs with the intent to supply. 

It is believed the offences took place in Ardrossan and Irvine.

He made no plea during the appearance and was granted bail pending further examination. 

He will appear again at court at a later date.