Man faces sex attack charge

Police at the scene of the Castle Gate incident in March
Police at the scene of the Castle Gate incident in March

A Bothwell man has been charged with raping a young woman who was allegedly attacked as she walked home at night.

John Ryan (34) appeared in private at Hamilton Sheriff Court yesterday afternoon (Tuesday).

His arrest followed an extensive two-month investigation by police.

It’s alleged the woman was attacked as she walked home from Uddingston train station shortly after 10pm on Tuesday, March 24.

Detectives said she was approached from behind in Castle Avenue and dragged into a wooded area at Castle Gate where she was sexually asssaulted.

As well as carrying out door to door inquiries, police returned to the area exactly a week later to stop and interview people in a bid to jog memories. They issued a description of the suspect and a CCTV image of a man they wanted to trace.

Ryan made no plea to the charge during yesterday’s court hearing.

The case was continued for further inquiries and he was remanded in custody. He is due to make a second court appearance next week.