Man appears in court over Livingston rape

A MAN has appeared in court in connection with a serious sexual assault in Livingston on Wednesday.

Barry MacMillan, 26, appeared on petition at Livingston Sheriff Court today charged with rape and breach of the peace.

A woman was subjected to a “terrifying” sex attack near a public footpath in the town at 5.15pm on Wednesday.

It took place in bushes close to the path between Cedarbank and Colverbank in the Ladywell area.

MacMillan made no plea nor declaration and was committed for further examination.

He will remain in custody until his next appearance next week.

REPORT: Cara Sulieman

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Police appeal for witnesses after second Livingston sex attack in a week

A 27-YEAR-OLD woman was sexually assaulted as she walked down a public footpath in Livingston yesterday (Wed) evening.

The victim was on the footpath between Cedarbank and Cloverbank in the Ladywell area at around 5.15pm when she was attacked by a man in his mid-20s.

He was described as being around 26-years-old, between 5ft 7 – 5ft 8ins tall and of slim build, with short fair or light brown hair and was wearing a dark baseball cap with yellow writing.

The man was clean-shaven and was wearing dark jeans with a dark long-sleeved top and a dark coloured waterproof jacket. Continue reading

Man appears in court in connection with Livingston sex attack

A MAN has appeared in court over the alleged rape of a woman in her own home in Livingston at the weekend.

John McKeown, 22, appeared on petition at Livingston Sheriff Court today in connection with the incident.

He faces charges of abduction, rape, two counts of assualt, attempted murder and breach of the peace.

McKeown, from Livingston, made no plea nor delcaration when he appeared in private and was remanded in custody until his next apearance later this month.

A 39-year-old woman was allegedly raped in the early hours of Saturday morning after a man broke into the home she was staying at.

REPORT: Cara Sulieman

Man charged in connection with alleged sexual assault

Police have arrested and charged a man in connection with an alleged serious sexual assault at a house in West Lothian at the weekend.

The alleged incident happened in the early hours of Saturday morning in Oakwood Park, Livingston.

Lothian and Borders Police appealed for information in catching the suspect and had warned locals to secure their homes.

The 22-year-old is due to appear at Livingston Sheriff Court tomorrow (Wed).

REPORT: Peter Laing

Police study CCTV in bid to catch Livingston sex attacker

A woman who was subjected to a horrific, early morning sex attack at a West Lothian house was only staying there because she was in the middle of moving home, detectives have revealed.

The 39-year-old victim was temporarily living with her brother-in-law and his young son in Livingston when the attacker sneaked into the luxury, detached home early on Saturday.

Detectives have also revealed that the attacker ordered the other occupants – a terrified man and his son – at knife point into a room before subjecting his victim to an hour-long ordeal.

The attacker tried to gain entry to at least three – and possibly four – homes nearby in the hour before eventually finding an insecure door or window at the attack address, police confirmed.

The incident, in Oakwood Park, Deans, Livingston, is causing so much concern that officers who specialise in tracking down sex offenders have been drafted into help.

The squad is also examining UK-wide records in a bid to establish whether the attacker has struck before. Continue reading

Police warn ‘lock doors’ after woman’s two-hour sex ordeal at knifepoint in her own home

POLICE have warned residents to lock their doors and be on their guard after a man held a woman prisoner at knife point in her own home  during a horrific two hour sex attack in West Lothian.

Detectives say the 39-year-old victim has been left “seriously traumatised” by the incident that happened around 5am on Saturday in the Deans area of Livingston.

They said the assailant, described as being around 6ft tall with short dark hair and “chunky” sideburns, may have first tried to get into other homes, even ringing doorbells to do so.

Eventually he gained access to the victim’s home in Oakwood Park through what Lothian and Borders Police described as an unsecured door.

He threatened the woman and others in the house before sexually assaulting her, only fleeing at around 7am.

Police had not yet stated who or what ages the others in the house were during the time of the ordeal. Continue reading

Man appears in court in connection with Fife murder

By Cara Sulieman

A MAN has appeared in court charged with the murder of a businessman at a flat in Fife last week.

Tencho Andonov, 27, made no plea nor declaration when he appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court today.

Mohammed Nadeen Siddique, 38, was found dead at the property on Forres Drive in Glenrothes on October 24.

Another injured man was taken to hospital following the incident described by police at the time as a shooting.

Andonov, from Livingston, West Lothian, is charged with the murder of Mr Siddique and with the attempted murder of the second man.

He also faces a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice and was remanded in custody until his next appearance.