Grangemouth rape accused ‘so jealous’

Pic Lisa Ferguson 02/12/2014'Livingston Civic Centre'Livinsgton Sheriff Court, Livingston High Court, Livingston Police Station
Pic Lisa Ferguson 02/12/2014'Livingston Civic Centre'Livinsgton Sheriff Court, Livingston High Court, Livingston Police Station
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A man accused of rape and other offences was said to be so jealous he would regularly check his girlfriend’s underwear to see if she had been unfaithful to him.

Greig Cochrane (28), from Grangemouth, is currently on trial at the High Court in Livingston and facing eight charges, including several sexual assaults against his former partner and another woman, who he is also accused of stalking.

On Monday the court heard evidence from his former partner, who cannot be named for legal reasons, which detailed the levels Cochrane would go to when it came to checking up on her.

Speaking from behind a screen, she said: “Whenever I would go out to the shops or if I’d been out anywhere – it didn’t matter – he’d want to inspect my underwear.”

The 32-year-old also claimed Cochrane urged his pit bull to attack her, spat in her face, urinated on her and tried to set fire to her after pouring lighter fluid on her head.

She said: “It was a horrendous time. There was that many things that he done to me. I’ve taken quite a lot of drugs trying to blank it out, but it’s come back to haunt me.”

Cochrane is alleged to have threatened and violently assaulted his former partner at addresses in Ayrshire and Stirlingshire between August 2003 and December 2007. He is also accused of two counts of indecently assaulting her and one of repeatedly raping her over the same period.

The other charges against him include strangling another woman and pouring washing liquid into her mouth, sexually assaulting her and raping her.

Cochrane denies all eight charges against him.

The trial, before Lord Burns, continues.