Tayside and Central Scotland

Man charged with abductions and rapes in Dundee

A man has appeared in court charged with abducting and raping a series of women in Dundee.

John David Hutton is accused of a total of 29 crimes committed against four women over a seven-year period.

The 32-year-old is alleged to have raped three of the women, locked one in a cupboard and assaulted another by pushing her in front of a moving car.

Hutton, a prisoner at Perth, made no plea or declaration during a private hearing and was remanded in custody.

The charges against him include seven relating to one woman, with the offences said to have taken place between February and November 2007 at a flat in Dundee.

The charges include three three counts of assault to injury and one of strangling her until she lost consciousness.

He faces seven further charges relating to a second woman, alleged to have been committed between January 2012 and February 2014, including rape, assault to injury and abduction.

He is further charged with abducting and raping two other women, one of whom he is accused of assaulting by pushing her into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Sheriff Alistair Carmichael continued the case to a later date.

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