Rape video trial deserted as witness falls ill

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THE Crown has dramatically deserted a case against a former Scottish soldier accused of filming women as he allegedly raped and sexually abused them.

The High Court at Livingston was told yesterday that the jury trial could not continue because a key prosecution witness had fallen ill while giving evidence.

Jurors heard that the female witness was suffering from a bug or virus from which she was not expected to recover for three or four days.

Advocate depute Peter McCormack’s motion to desert pro loco et tempore (for the time being) was granted by judge Lady Scott.

Mr McCormack said the Crown planned to serve a new indictment on the accused Shaun Jewiss and start a new trial with another jury on Monday.

Jewiss pled not guilty to committing two offences of voyeurism by recording videos for sexual gratification or for “humiliating, distressing or alarming” the women allegedly involved.

The 41-year-old, on remand at HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow, also denied raping six different women over a seven-year period and assaulting several of them.

The offences were alleged to have been committed at various addresses in Edinburgh, in Prestonpans, East Lothian, and in Dunfermline, Fife, between August 2006 and April 2013.

Special defences were lodged that the women had consented to sex and that he had acted in self-defence in an assault.