A pair of identical twins who can’t be told apart by their DNA have appeared in court charged over the rape of a woman.
Mohammed and Aftab Asghar were arrested after DNA evidence taken from the scene linked the alleged crime with one – or both – of them.
Prosecutors have charged both of the two lookalike siblings in a bid to find out who the alleged culprit is.
Police officers and Crown Prosecution Service were continuing their investigation to try to determine whether they should continue to pursue the case against both men.
The pair, aged 22 years, were expected to enter pleas when they appeared alongside each other in the dock at Reading Crown Court, Berkshire.
However, prosecutor Sandra Beck requested more time for the Crown to pursue particular lines of enquiry.
She said: ‘It is an unusual case. They are identical twins. The allegation is one of rape.
‘There is further work due and there is an indication which would tend to support that one was not at the location.