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Trial of former Inverness busker is postponed

By Val Sweeney

The High Court in Edinburgh.
The High Court in Edinburgh.

THE trial of a former Inverness busker charged with sex offences has been postponed.

Kim Avis, also known as Gordon, faces 25 charges including rape.

His trial was scheduled to begin today at the High Court in Edinburgh.

But it was announced earlier this week that no new criminal jury trials will be started, or new juries empanelled, until further notice in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

A spokesman for the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service said the situation would be kept under review.

Jury trials which have already started will run to their conclusion, if practical.

Avis (55) is accused of raping three women and attempting to rape one of them when she was 12.

He is also accused of sexually assaulting a girl when she was 11 and faces further charges of a breach of the peace and of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner.

The charges cover a period between January 1997 and March this year and relate mainly to incidents alleged to have taken place in the Inverness area.

He pleaded not guilty to the alleged offences during an appearance at the High Court in Glasgow in November.

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