Man ac­quit­ted of sex as­sault

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

A St An­drews res­i­dent ac­cused of rap­ing a man close to a Chi­nese su­per­mar­ket in Dundee has been ac­quit­ted.

Gareth Niven, 26, was found not guilty fol­low­ing a trial.

Niven, of Mor­tray Cres­cent, St An­drews, was ac­cused of com­mit­ting a sex at­tack on an area of waste ground near Matthews Foods on Gel­latly Street in Oc­to­ber 2015.

He was fur­ther al­leged to have as­saulted the man by kiss­ing him on the mouth, putting his hand down his trousers, seiz­ing him by the body and re­mov­ing his trousers and his un­der­wear.

This charge was dropped at an ear­lier date by the Crown.

He had also been ac­cused of us­ing lewd, in­de­cent and li­bidi­nous prac­tices to­wards an un­der­age boy be­tween Novem­ber 2007 and Novem­ber 2009.

This charge was dropped be­fore pro­ceed­ing to trial.

Dou­glas Wil­liams, so­lic­i­tor for Niven, said: “The in­dict­ment pro­ceeded on two charges only, a pre­vi­ous charge re­gard­ing lewd and li­bidi­nous be­hav­iour hav­ing been with­drawn at the last pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing due to lack of in­sis­tence, was de­serted pro loco et tem­pore.

“At the con­clu­sion of the Crown case this week, the charge of sex­ual as­sault was with­drawn by the ad­vo­cate de­pute.

He added: “The only case be­fore the jury was the al­le­ga­tion of rape and they re­turned a unan­i­mous ver­dict of not guilty.”

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