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Fife soldier jailed for attempted rape in Ardersier

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

A soldier whose attempts to rape a 16-year-old girl were disturbed by the victim's younger sister has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Pt Kierron Claydon, 19, from Glenrothes, carried out the 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.

Claydon earlier admitted attempted rape. He was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh.

The court earlier 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, who was under the influence of drink and drugs, 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.

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

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