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Case against army corporal accused of sexual assault found not proven


By Ali Morrison


The case centred on events at the Army Reserve Centre in Gordonville Road, Inverness.
The case centred on events at the Army Reserve Centre in Gordonville Road, Inverness.

A jury has found the case of an Avoch man accused of sexual assault not proven.

The jury deliberated for around 45 minutes this morning before returning with its majority verdict at Inverness Sheriff Court.

Andrew Lingard (48) of Rosehaugh Crescent, Avoch, had been accused of seizing a woman by the body, pursuing her through a building at the Army Reserve Training Centre in Gordonville Road, Inverness, and following her into a toilet cubicle before pushing her on to a bed and trying to remove her clothing.

He lodged a special defence that any contact between himself and the woman on June 19, 2016 had been consensual.

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