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Suspect appears in court over ‘sex attack’ on woman, 70, near park

A suspect has appeared in court following an alleged sex attack near a park that left a 70-year-old woman “scared to leave her house”.

The pensioner was walking near to Colquhoun Park in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, when she was reportedly pushed to the ground and sexually assaulted by a man on Friday 22 March.

The incident was said to have occurred at around 5.15pm near to Station Road.

Colquhoun Park in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire
Image: Colquhoun Park in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire

Police Scotland said the woman did not require hospital treatment, but a detective investigating the case said she was left “extremely upset and scared to leave her house”.

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On Saturday, the force announced a 37-year-old man had been arrested and charged in connection with the incident and a report would be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

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Suspect Martin Hackett appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on the same day, where he was accused of sexual assault with intent to rape to injury.

Hackett, of Glasgow, made no plea to the charge and was remanded in custody ahead of his next court appearance.

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