Man to stand trial accused of raping woman on Christmas Day

Kevin Gilchrist faces a number of allegations which span between June 2018 and July 2020.

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Court: Kevin Gilchrist is accused of raping the woman on December 25 2019.

Reporting by Grant McCabe, Glasgow Courts

A man is to stand trial charged with raping a woman on Christmas Day.

Kevin Gilchrist faces a number of allegations which span between June 2018 and July 2020 at a number of locations in Aberdeen.

The 41-year-old is said to have raped the woman at a house in the city on December 25 2019.

Gilchrist faces a separate charge of sexually assaulting the same woman earlier that year.

This accusation features claims he prevented her from moving as well as punching her.

Among the other charges is an allegation that he repeatedly harassed the woman for more than a year.

Prosecutors allege he insisted she send photos of where she was at the time.

The charge also includes claims Gilchrist made “malicious allegations” against the woman to police, ordered food to her home without her knowledge and threatened her.

The case was called on Wednesday at the High Court in Glasgow, where Gilchrist’s lawyer Gareth Jones pled not guilty on his behalf.

Prosecutor David Dickson said he was ready for a trial to be fixed.

Lady Stacey set a trial due to begin on August 29 in Edinburgh. The case could last five days.

Gilchrist, also of Aberdeen, remains on bail meantime.