A 19-YEAR-old man is due to stand trial accused of raping Amber Gibson just months before her alleged murder.
Jamie Starrs is accused of sexually assaulting the teenager in a property in Bothwell, South Lanarkshire in June 2021.
216-year-old Amber was allegedly murdered by her brother2Her body was found at Cadzow Glen in HamiltonCredit: Michael SchofieldThe 16-year-old was claimed to have been intoxicated through alcohol and asleep or unconscious at the time of the attack on either June 8 or 9.
According to the Daily Record, Starrs is also accused of raping another woman on May 24 or 25 2021 at the same property while the woman was intoxicated by alcohol and drugs.
The 19-year-old is also facing a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice by sending threatening messages to a man to persuade one of the alleged victims to drop the claims made against him.
And he is charged with two charges of failing to comply with bail restrictions by entering a Lanarkshire town and failing to attend an identity parade.
It’s understood Starrs was on bail at the time of the alleged offences and is set to take
Tragically, Amber’s body was found just five months later in a Hamilton park in an unrelated incident in November 2021.
Amber’s brother Connor Gibson is due to stand trial accused of her murder in July.
Prosecutors claim the 20 year-old removed Amber’s clothes and repeatedly inflicted blunt force trauma to her head and body.
Gibson – who also uses the name Niven – is then charged with having strangled the teenager with his hands.
It is claimed he did this with intent to rape Amber and did murder his sister.
Gibson faces further charges of attempting to defeat the ends of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
This includes claims he got rid of clothes he had been wearing and that he called the children’s home Amber was staying at to pretend she was still alive.
Gibson is also said to have told police he last saw his sister after she walked off from an argument near to a community centre in Hamilton on the day of the alleged killing.
Stephen Corrigan, 44, is a co-accused of Gibson.
He does not face the murder allegation, but is instead charged with breach of the peace and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
Corrigan is also accused of having found Amber’s body, not alerted police, inappropriately touched her and then hid her body under bushes and branches.
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