Edinburgh man on trial over freezer attack on girl, 4
An Edinburgh man has gone on trial accused of assaulting a four-year-old girl by dragging her by the ankles and holding her in a household freezer.
Stuart Kitt, 33, has pleaded not guilty to assaulting the infant, who can't be identified for legal reasons, at an address in Edinburgh in October 2007.
Kitt has entered a special defence with the court, alleging that a prosecution witness assaulted the girl, now eight.
The trial is due to take one week at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
He has also pleaded not guilty to failing to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court whilst on bail in December 2009 and failing to also appear there in September 2010 whilst on bail.
Mr Kitt is accused of dragging her by the ankles and holding her arms down inside the appliance.
He also allegedly put her feet and body into the freezer and held her there to her severe injury and permanent disfigurement, Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard on Monday.
Sheriff Kenneth Maciver told the jury of 11 women and four men that the trial is expected to take one week to complete.
He adjourned the trial until Tuesday morning when it is anticipated an eight-year-old girl will give evidence by CCTV link to the court.