A Linwood man is facing trial accused of sending sexual messages to a schoolgirl.

Ewen Murray, 56, is said to have hounded the 14-year-old over a 10-month period.

Prosecutors claim between February and December last year, Murray, of Clippens Road, Linwood, repeatedly sent the girl “messages of a sexual and indecent nature.”

Court papers allege Murray sent the messages to the girl “for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification or of humiliating, distressing or alarming” the youngster. 

After hearing Murray was pleading not guilty to the single charge last week, and that he had recently instructed a new firm of solicitors to represent him, Sheriff James Spy adjourned the case until next month for a further pre-trial hearing to take place.

Murray’s bail was continued and he is expected to go on trial next year. 

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