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Glasgow 2014: Games athlete on sex attack charge

A weightlifter competing at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is to stand trial for an alleged sex attack on another man in a supermarket toilet.

Toua Philip Udia, a competitor from Papua New Guinea, is alleged to have touched the man in the Tesco store, near the Athletes' Village, on 21 July.

The 22-year-old pleaded not guilty over the incident during a pre-trial hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Martin Jones QC continued the case to the trial later this week.

Mr Udia - a champion weightlifter in his homeland - is alleged to have "intentionally or recklessly" touched the man during the incident.

Bail granted

He initially appeared in court from custody last week where he entered a plea of not guilty.

The athlete was granted bail after being ordered to hand over his passport.

This allowed Mr Udia to join the 138-strong Papua New Guinea Commonwealth team at the opening ceremony at Celtic Park.

He went on to compete in the men's 77kg category for weightlifting on Sunday.

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