One of two men accused of raping a woman in a Carshalton alleyway during broad daylight is set to go on trial following several administrative errors.

Sebastian Bejinariu was due to appear at Croydon Crown Court, in Altyre Road, via video link from HMP High Down today (November 21) for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

The 20-year-old, of no fixed address, was arrested by police on October 14 following the incident near to Alma Road before he was charged with rape.

He was held by police after Radian Cojocaru, 32, also of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with the same offence.

But problems soon emerged as Judge Deborah Charles, who was presiding over his case, thought he would be produced in person at the court and not from prison.

It would also be revealed that he was not being held at High Down but somewhere else.

After it emerged his surname was incorrectly spelled in the court listings with an additional N, Mr Bejinariu was found to be more than 18 miles east at HMP Thameside in Greenwich.

And there would be further issues as Judge Charles revealed a Romanian interpreter had not been booked in, the court heard.

The hearing would be paused for 20 minutes before Judge Charles returned amid delays over the case.

Judge Charles said the defendant’s name was “spelled wrong” on the listing and it was also heard that High Down had “flagged” up the problem beforehand.

She added that Thameside would be ordered to transfer Mr Bejinariu over to High Down ahead of the rescheduled hearing while appearance via video link was “not suitable”.

A plea and trial preparation hearing was put in for Friday, November 20, and the trial is set for April 24 next year.

It is expected to last between five and seven days.