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Woman denies "chucking mud" at Inverness market trader she alleges raped her

By Ali Morrison

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The High Court in Glasgow.
The High Court in Glasgow.

A second woman has been giving evidence in the trial of Inverness man Kim Avis.

She told jurors at the High Court in Glasgow that she had suffered at the hands of 57 year-old Avis, with the "trigger" for her eventually going to the police coming when he made accusations against her on social media.

She denied an allegation of being motivated by money.

Avis denies 25 charges spanning between January 1997 and March 2019 including claims he raped three females.

He is also said to have attempted to rape one of them when she was 12 and is further charged with sexually assaulting a girl when she was 11.

The woman told how she first met Avis when he ran a jewellery stall in Inverness city centre.

It is alleged he went on to physically and sexually abuse her.

His lawyer, Lorenzo Alonzi, put it to her: "You like to try and chuck mud at Mr Avis, don't you?"

She replied: "I do not think that is fair. I am just giving my story."

Mr Alonzi suggested she had been violent towards Avis, including hitting him with a piece of wood.

He said she was asking jurors to believe she was a "victim" who had put up with abuse "time and again" until a post Avis allegedly made on Facebook.

She replied: "Not the only reason. I did not want the drama or the trial."

The woman also denied "wanting to get a report in first" to the police.

Mr Alonzi asked her: "Had you been saying to Kim Avis that you would make false allegations unless he paid you a sum of money?"

She replied: "No."

The woman – who broke down at one stage while giving evidence – added she was not after "any vengeance".

The trial, before judge Lord Sandison, continues.

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