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Former SNP councillor to stand trial on 'abusive texts' charge

Craig Melville
Image caption Craig Melville will stand trial at Dundee Sheriff Court in October

A former Dundee SNP councillor will stand trial accused of sending "threatening and abusive" text messages to a Muslim activist.

Craig Melville is alleged to have sent the messages to Nadia El-Nakla, who works as a parliamentary assistant, the day after the Paris terror attacks.

Mr Melville was suspended by the SNP and resigned as a councillor when the allegations came to light.

He denies the charge and will stand trial in October.

Mr Melville, 36, entered a not guilty plea at Dundee Sheriff Court through his solicitors.

Court documents state that Mr Melville faces a charge of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner towards Ms El-Nakla between 13 November and 15 November 2015.

Prosecutors allege he behaved in a way "likely to cause a reasonable person fear and alarm" by sending a series of messages that "contained threatening, abusive and derogatory remarks regarding Muslims".

The charge is alleged to have been aggravated by religious prejudice.

Sheriff George Way set a trial for 18 October and ordered Mr Melville to attend a pre-trial hearing in September.

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