Tayside and Central Scotland

Dunblane grandmother 'left naked on floor'

A man found his 76-year-old mother lying unclothed on the floor with blood on her face, a court has heard.

The 51-year-old said his mother can no longer move her arms and legs after a 20-year-old man allegedly assaulted and tried to rape her.

Ryan Liddell is accused of attacking the woman in her first floor flat in Dunblane, Perthshire, after pretending to be her carer on 14 June 2010.

Mr Liddell, from Dunblane, denies the assault and attempted rape charges.

Giving evidence on the second day of the trial, the woman's son told the High Court in Dumbarton that his mother, who cannot be named, has been "very distressed" since the incident and has had to move out of her bottom-floor flat and into a care home.

He said his mother was an Italian who had moved to Scotland in 1958, retiring about 15 years ago, and was always "laughing and happy".

The court heard how he received a call at about 0410 BST to say his mother had been attacked on the night of the alleged incident. He said he rushed round to find her lying naked on the ground.

He told the court: "She was very distressed and was bleeding quite a bit. Her eyes had started to blacken and close up. It was quite a disturbing sight.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing. She put her right hand out to hold my hand. She said 'He punched me. He kicked me and he wanted sex.'

'Very distressed'

"When I saw her clothes lying around I knew someone had been there. My mum's never left clothes on the floor in her whole life."

The court heard his mother required an operation on her left shoulder, and was moved from Stirling Royal Infirmary to a hospital in Bannockburn.

The man said: "She has been very, very distressed for months and still is to this day. Even last night. She just cries all the time now. She was always laughing before."

The woman can no longer move her arms and legs and cannot feed herself, the trial heard.

Jennifer Bain, prosecuting, asked the man if he knew Mr Liddell.

He replied: "We didn't know him but we'd heard of him. We had never seen him before."

Mr Liddell denies entering the woman's home, pretending to be there to perform care duties for her, and assaulting her with intent to rape.

The accused also denies attempting to defeat the ends of justice by washing his blood-stained clothing after the alleged attack in a bid to destroy evidence.

The trial before Lord Uist continues.

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