A BEMBRIDGE taxi driver accused of multiple rapes on the Isle of Wight against six different women, spanning a period of almost nine years, appeared before Island magistrates this morning (Tuesday).

Frankie Vecsei, 25, of Egerton Road, Bembridge, faced nine charges of rape, between January 1, 2013, and August 23 this year.

He is also accused of sexually assaulting a female aged 13 years or over, by penetration, between November 1, 2012, and January 31, 2013.

He is alleged to have carried out the offences on the Isle of Wight, with three of the rapes alleged to have taken place at his current Bembridge address.

Mr Vecsei was remanded in custody to reappear for a plea and trial preparation hearing at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on April 12 next year.