Man allegedly choked woman before raping her in student halls

Benjamin Whittaker faces claims he attacked the woman at Edinburgh's Pollock Halls complex.

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A man is to stand trial accused of raping a woman at a student halls of residence.

Benjamin Whittaker, 21, allegedly carried out the sex attack on October 21, 2021.

It is said to have occurred at the Pollock Halls of Residence in Holyrood Park Road in Edinburgh.

The rape charge includes claims Whittaker pulled the woman’s hair, compressed her neck and bound her hands.

Whittaker faces two separate allegations involving a second woman at a property in the capital’s New Town on May 9, 2021.

The first claims he sexually assaulted her there.

The second then states he further physically and sexually attacked the woman with intent to rape as well as to her injury and danger of life.

This charge includes accusations Whittaker pinned her against a wall, grabbed her hair, seized her by the neck, restricted her breathing rendering her unconscious.

The case called for a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

Whittaker’s lawyer – lead by defence KC Shelagh McCall – pled not guilty on his behalf.

Both the advocate and prosecutor Michael Macintosh agreed a trial could be fixed.

Lady Drummond went on to state: “I will fix a trial for January 11, 2024 in Edinburgh for a period of six days.”

Whittaker, of Goring Heath in Oxfordshire, remains on bail meantime.

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