Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Girl kept in kitchen freezer, court hears

A girl has told a court how she was held against her will in a kitchen freezer when she was four-years-old.

The youngster claimed Stuart Kitt lifted her into the household appliance at an address in Edinburgh, causing her to suffer burns.

Stuart Kitt, 33, denies assaulting the girl, now eight, in October 2007, and alleges another witness involved in the case carried out the assault.

The trial, before Sheriff Kenneth Maciver, is expected to last a week.

Giving evidence by CCTV link, the girl said Mr Kitt lifted and placed her in the freezer one night and held her there.

The youngster said, on the night of the assault, her mother was in a nearby pub when Mr Kitt carried her into the fridge.

"He lifted me up and put me in," she said, adding: "It was sore and stingy."

She said Mr Kitt later took her out of the freezer and she went to her bedroom, adding: "I had a lot of spots on my face. I went into my room and I went to my bed and my mum came back and she asked me 'what are these spots?'"

When asked if she told her mother what happened, the girl replied: "No. Because I was scared. He said he would kill the person who I told."

Mr Kitt denies a charge of assault to severe injury and has also pleaded not guilty to failing to appear in court on two occasions while on bail.

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