Man In Court Over Attempted Rape Of American Student

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By Cara Sulieman

A MAN appeared at court today (Fri) charged with the attempted rape of an American student in Edinburgh last weekend.

Gavin Lang, 23, from Dunfermline, Fife, made no plea or declaration and was released on bail following an appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The 22-year-old student had been out with friends on her second night in the capital when she was allegedly assaulted on her way home.

The alleged attack happened between 4am and 4.20am on Monday May 24 in Barries Close – a narrow staircase that leads up from Old Fishmarket Close to Parliament Square on the Royal Mile.

The victim, from Virginia, had only just arrived in the city and was due to spend a week in Edinburgh before going to London with other students and lecturers from her American university as part of a four-week placement in the UK.

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