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Man and woman deny assaulting young girl

A man and a woman have gone on trial accused of assaulting a young girl.

Alison Crockett, 52, and Shaun Massie, 38, deny wilfully ill-treated the schoolgirl on a number of occasions.

Ms Crockett allegedly pushed her to the ground, hit her, repeatedly slapped her on the head, and pushed her down a flight of stairs.

Prosecutors also claim she struck the girl on the body with a frying pan, injuring her. Massie is said to have thrown the girl into the back of a car.

Giving evidence at the trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, the young girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed she was assaulted on different dates.

Frying pan

She said a woman called Ally hurt her with a device used to scan packages when she was travelling in a vehicle with her.

She told the court: "I was in the back seat, she was driving the car.

"She went out and got a parcel and then she decided to hit me with the scanner.

"I was giving her the parcel because by accident she went to the wrong side and then when I gave her the parcel she just decided to hit me.

"She hit my arm."

Fiscal depute Anne MacDonald asked: "What happened to your arm when Ally hit you with the scanner?"

She replied: "When she hit it, it just made this blue circle and then it just started to get black."

Dog bite claim

The girl also claimed that the woman hit her on the top of her shoulder with a frying pan when she was in her kitchen.

She told the jury: "It got me really upset because it got really sore."

The schoolgirl said she did not want to tell her father about the incidents because she was scared he would not believe her.

The girl also told the court she was bitten on the leg by the man and woman's dog.

They are both charged with assaulting the girl, repeatedly shouting and swearing and making abusive remarks towards her.

Alison Crockett and Shaun Massie, both from Kinneff, Aberdeenshire, deny all the charges.

The trial continues.

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