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Sister disturbed soldier's sex attack in Ardersier

Fort George
Image caption The soldier was based at Fort George, near Ardersier

A soldier's attempts to rape a 16-year-old girl were disturbed by the victim's younger sister.

Pt Kierron Claydon, 19, of Glenrothes, launched his attack in Ardersier while he was based at nearby Fort George in April this year.

He went to his victim's bedroom after finding a door at her home unlocked. He later called police and said he believed he had been accused of rape.

Claydon has admitted attempted rape and sentence was deferred.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that the soldier served with the Black Watch, the 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 Scots).

The victim, who described herself as "a very heavy sleeper", woke to find Claydon on top of her.

She struggled to get away, but was warned to do as she was told or her family would die.

The attack was interrupted when the girl's younger sister opened the door, came into the room and called her name.

Claydon was taken by surprise and fled the scene, but left one of his trainers behind on the floor.

'Absolutely ashamed'

Advocate depute Gillian Wade told the court: "The victim explains that if she had not come in at that very moment she felt that he was going to overcome her resistance as she was losing all the energy to fight him off because he had been struggling with her for five or six minutes, maybe more."

Claydon later made a 999 call and said he thought he had been accused of rape. He said he had woken in the middle of a field wearing one shoe.

Ms Wade said the victim stated that the experience at her attacker's hands had made her feel unsafe within her own home.

Defence counsel David Nicholson said Claydon was "absolutely ashamed of his behaviour".

Judge Lord Kinclaven deferred sentence for a background report, including a risk assessment, and remanded him in custody.

He placed Claydon on the sex offenders' register.

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