Redan rape accused front court

A contested committal hearing will be held in February for two 21-year-old men accused of raping a woman in Redan.

Jack Cowton (left) and Nicholas Morse (right). Photos: supplied.

Jack Cowton (left) and Nicholas Morse (right). Photos: supplied.

Jack Cowton and Nicholas Morse were charged in July with 21 offences between them.

The pair fronted Ballarat Magistrates Court on Thursday over the July 15 incident.

The court was told seven witnesses would give evidence in the two-day contested committal hearing.

Magistrate Ron Saines granted applications for the accused's lawyers to cross examine the witnesses.

Cowton's bail was extended to February 28 with strict conditions, including a $5000 surety.

Morse's bail was also extended but his lawyer, Adrian Paull, asked the court to vary his client's reporting conditions.

Morse will now report to the Ballarat Police Station three days a week instead of every day.

His bail conditions include a $10,000 surety. Mr Saines warned the pair that committing an offence while on bail was punishable by prison.

Jack Cowton outside court in July.

Jack Cowton outside court in July.

Morse faces 15 charges, including rape, armed with a firearm with the intent to commit rape, intentionally causing injury and recklessly causing injury.

Cowton faces six offences, including rape, making a threat to kill and property damage.

The pair will return to court for the two-day hearing on February 28.

They had strong family support at Thursday's hearing.