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Police officer Ian Ivancic denies Balmedie assault claim

A police officer has gone on trial accused of assaulting and abducting a 16-year-old boy in an Aberdeen suburb.

Ian Ivancic allegedly pushed Niall Corbett against a police van before repeatedly punching him on the head in Balmedie.

He is further accused of abducting the teenager, now 17, by putting him into the back of the vehicle then driving off.

The incident happened in Balmedie's Chapelwell Drive in February last year.

Mr Corbett told Aberdeen Sheriff Court he was at a house party that had become out of hand.

'Nonsense and lies'

He said of the officer: "He came over to me and grabbed me and I shrugged him off.

"I was thrown up against the van and that's when I got punched.

"I got punched by the police officer - two or three times.

"It was kind of like an uppercut."

Mr Corbett told the court he was then placed into the back of the van which then drove a "few metres" before his details were taken and he was released.

Mr Corbett told the court he went to neighbour who was a nurse to seek help as he was "covered in blood".

During cross examination, defence advocate Joe Cahill accused Mr Corbett of embellishing what had happened on the night.

Mr Cahill said: "You have exaggerated everything to get this officer into trouble.

"It's nonsense and lies."

The trial continues.

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