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Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte given bail at Inverness

Craig Whyte, front, at Inverness Sheriff Court
Image caption Craig Whyte, front, was at court after failing to appear as a trial witness

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has been given bail after appearing at Inverness Sheriff Court.

A warrant was issued for his arrest in June after he failed to appear as a witness at a criminal trial involving his former housekeepers.

His lawyer told the court that Mr Whyte's failure to turn up was a misunderstanding and he had no intention to inconvenience the court.

Sheriff Margaret Neilson said he had caused significant inconvenience.

She said another 11 witnesses had managed to attend the trial last month.

Two former housekeepers at the businessman's home at Castle Grant, near Grantown on Spey, are accused by Mr Whyte of stealing a range of items from the property.

The trial has now been fixed for September and Mr Whyte remains under threat of being held in contempt of court for his failure to show up for the earlier hearing.

As he arrived at court Mr Whyte, who led Rangers into liquidation amid financial controversy, was greeted by shouts of "crook" and "scum" from bystanders.

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