Highlands & Islands

Closing speeches in nursery sexual abuse trial

Mark Maclennan
Image caption Mark Mclennan is accused of sexually abusing children

A prosecutor has urged a jury to convict a man of sexually abusing three children at a nursery in Inverness-shire.

Mark Maclennan, of Bath, denies raping a young boy and abusing a young girl.

He also denies sexually abusing a girl when she was aged between 12 and 15 at addresses in Stirling, Dunblane and Dunfermline.

His defence QC told the High Court in Glasgow there was no evidence he had carried out the acts.

Advocate depute Kath Harper, prosecuting, told the jury that Mr Maclennan "took advantage" of the children's vulnerability.

Defence QC Donald Findlay said in his closing speech there was not a scrap of evidence that he had sexually abused the children and should be acquitted.

The trial before judge John Morris QC continues.

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