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Man charged with rape of 14-year-old girl outside supermarket

forensic officers at scene
Image caption Police forensic officers sealed off the area near the supermarket

A man has appeared in court charged with raping a 14-year-old girl outside a supermarket in East Renfrewshire.

Samuel Ciornei, 19, who is originally from Romania, is accused of sexually assaulting the teenager near the Asda store in Barrhead on Sunday evening.

Prosecutors allege he dragged the girl into bushes when she went to collect her bicycle after leaving the shop.

At Paisley Sheriff Court, Mr Ciornei made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

He also made no plea to a second charge of theft.

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