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Sean Moynihan faces trial over Renfrewshire rape

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Image caption Police forensic officers examined the scene of the alleged rape in Johnstone

A man is to stand trial accused of raping an 18-year-old woman at a cycle path in Renfrewshire.

Sean Moynihan, 30, is alleged to have raped the woman at knifepoint on the path in Johnstone on 2 October 2014.

He also faces two other charges of assaulting teenage girls at cycle paths in Paisley.

During an appearance at the High Court in Glasgow, Mr Moynihan denied all the charges against him. A trial was set to begin in June.

The rape charge claims Mr Moynihan abducted his alleged victim, detained her and told her to be quiet near to Napier Street in Johnstone.

Further charges

It is further said he repeatedly presented a knife at the woman and asked for money before searching her bag.

Prosecutors also claim Mr Moynihan made her take off her clothes and ordered she switch off her mobile phone before eventually raping her.

Mr Moynihan faces an earlier accusation that on 10 July last year he assaulted a 14-year-old girl with intent to rob.

This is said to have occurred at a cycle track near to Maxwellton Street, Paisley.

It is then claimed that on 27 August last year, he assaulted a second 14-year-old girl, this time at a track near to the town's Craw Road.

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