Man faces court over Meadows rape

File picture: Ian Georgeson
File picture: Ian Georgeson
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A MAN has gone on trial at the high court accused of raping a woman in an Edinburgh park.

Steven Davidson, 23, denies attacking the female, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at the city’s Meadows park on November 15, 2014.

Mr Davidson, of Newtongrange, Midlothian, appeared before judge Lady Stacey on Monday at the first day of proceedings at the High Court in Edinburgh.

A jury heard the contents of a legal document detailing a total of two charges against Mr Davidson.

Prosecutors claim that on November 15 2014, Mr Davidson approached the woman from behind whilst in the Meadows.

They claim that Mr Davidson then placed his arm around her neck and this caused her to lose consciousness.

The Crown allege that Mr Davidson then seized the woman’s neck and restricted her breathing before raping her.

The prosecution also claim that on November 14 2014, at Nicolson Street and London Road, Edinburgh, Mr Davidson was involved in supplying cannabis.

Mr Davidson, who is represented by advocate Drew McKenzie, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Advocate Depute Jane Farquharson is prosecuting the case for the Crown.

The trial continues on Tuesday.