John Walker accused of raping six women

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A 48-year-old man has appeared in court accused of raping six women.

John Walker faces a total of 36 charges dating between 1988 and 2011 at addresses in Glasgow, Stirlingshire as well as East and West Dunbartonshire.

During a preliminary hearing at the High Court in Glasgow, Mr Walker's QC Frances McMenamin said defence inquiries were on-going and that a trial date could not be set at present.

Judge Lord Bannatyne set another hearing for September.

As well as the rape accusations, Mr Walker is also said to have caused one of the alleged victims to suffer a miscarriage after kicking her on the abdomen.

It is said he then refused to call for an ambulance and compelled her to remain on a chair overnight.

Mr Walker is further alleged to have caused another of the women to miscarry after striking her repeatedly with a wooden pole.

The indictment includes a separate accusation that he assaulted another of the alleged rape victims, including claims that he pushed her into an open coal fire and also lifted her onto the hot ring of a cooker.

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