Police officer to stand trial charged with raping young girl

Martyn Coulter is accused of carrying out the crime in Dunbar, East Lothian when the child was aged five or six.

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Trial: Martyn Coulter is accused of raping the young girl when she was aged five or six.

A police officer is to stand trial charged with raping a young girl.

Martyn Coulter is accused of carrying out the crime in Dunbar, East Lothian when the child was aged five or six.

The 35-year-old faces a separate charge of sexual assault on the same girl in the town.

The accusations span between September 2013 and November 2014.

Coulter also faces two charges of raping a woman in Dunbar and Edinburgh in 2013.

He also allegedly physically assaulted her.

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Coulter is further charged with hitting another young girl on the head as well as an accusation of threatening and abusive behaviour.

The officer – currently suspended from Police Scotland – faced the accusations during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

Coulter, of Broxburn, West Lothian, denies the charges.

He will now stand trial in Edinburgh in February next year.

Coulter remains on bail meantime.

Police Scotland confirmed a man had initially appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in October 2020 in connection with the case accused of “non-recent sexual offences and assault”.