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Man admits teenager rape attempt in Fife

High Court in Glasgow
Image caption Ryan Sutherland admitted trying to rape a schoolgirl in Fife at the High Court in Glasgow

A man has admitted trying to rape a 16-year-old schoolgirl in Fife who was walking home because she thought she had missed her bus.

Ryan Sutherland, 29, followed the teenager from Dunfermline bus station where she had been left alone after saying goodbye to her boyfriend.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that the former supermarket worker came up behind her and forced her into a wooded area off Mill Street.

Sentence was deferred until 22 October.

Advocate Depute Alison Di Rollo said the victim had never seen Sutherland before and was "terrified", but did not resist for fear of getting hurt.

DNA profile

After the attack, which happened at about 2130 BST on 25 April, Sutherland apologised.

Ms Di Rollo said: "He began crying and said 'I can't believe I just done that'. He kept saying 'I'm sorry' and holding his hand over his eyes.

"Then he said 'I'll leave first then you leave after me', and got up and left."

She then walked home and told her parents what had happened and they phoned the police.

Later, police forensic scientists found that a swab taken from the victim matched the DNA profile of Sutherland.

He admitted kissing the 16-year-old, pushing her to her knees, ordering her to lie down and attempting to rape her.

The court heard Sutherland was previously given a nine-month sentence in 2004 for assaulting and abducting a female taxi driver.

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