A Royal Gibraltar Police Officer has been charged with five counts of rape.

Police Constable Peter Lugnani, 28, appeared at Gibraltar Magistrate’s Court on Friday 5 April.

He faces charges relating to five counts of rape on two different victims, on two separate occasions.

One incident is alleged to have taken place in 2012 and the other in 2009.

The arrest was the result of an on-going police investigation into allegations against the policeman from No.9 Calpe Barracks.

Lugnani has been granted bail of £5,000.00 on condition that he does not approach or communicate with the two complainants.

The Gibraltarian has been suspended from the police force since his arrest.

The case has been adjourned until the defendant appears before the Supreme Court in Gibraltar on April 25.