Watts, aged 48, of Hodgson Road, was remanded in custody when Warwickshire magistrates in Leamington sent his case to be tried at Warwick Crown Court.

It was said the case involved the alleged rape and attempted rape of a prostitute from Coventry and assaulting her before dumping her at the side of the road on the A46 near Stratford.

During a bail application in Watts’s absence at the crown court, his barrister Andrew Tucker said: “The defence he would raise in this matter is one of consent.”

And he argued: “Like everybody, he has a right to bail. He has a secure address to which he can return; that is his parents. I would invite Your Honour to allow him his bail.”

But prosecutor Rhydian James opposed the application, pointing out that the allegations were “very grave and serious.”

Refusing bail, Judge Alan Parker described the alleged victim as a sex worker, not a prostitute.

He said the case involved the question of whether he raped her twice and attempted to rape her a third time, or whether she has made an entirely false allegation against him.”

And he ordered that Watts should be remanded in custody until a plea and case management hearing.