Man accused of sex assault, threats, attempted robbery and malicious damage in North Berwick

An Edinburgh man has appeared in court on petition following an alleged vandalism attack on a North Berwick pub.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 7:10 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 7:29 am

James McQueen faced 20 allegations including sexual assault, assault to injury, attempted robbery and malicious damage when he appeared from custody at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.

McQueen, 36, also faced various road traffic matters, behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and one charge of hamesucken - assaulting a person within their own home.

The accused, whose address was just given as Edinburgh, made no plea during the private hearing and he was remanded in custody.

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Alleged crime scene: The Auld Hoose in North Berwick

The case was continued for further examination and his next court appearance is expected to be within eight days.

McQueen’s appearance in the dock follows alleged acts of vandalism at the Auld Hoose public house at around 6am on Sunday in North Berwick, East Lothian.

It is alleged several windows - including a 100-year-old decorative window - at the premises were smashed along with a vehicle also allegedly suffering damage.

Following then alleged incident, a Police Scotland spokesperson said: “A 36-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a number of incidents in North Berwick in the early hours of Sunday, March 21.

Accused appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court

“These include the vandalism at the Auld Hoose pub in Forth Street and damage to a car on Lochbridge Road.

“He was due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

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