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Keith church minister's sexual assault conviction overturned


By Alistair Whitfield

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A Church Minister has succeeded in having a conviction for sexual assault overturned.

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Sitting in Edinburgh on Wednesday, the Court of Appeal upheld the appeal by Alastair Gray.

The court also removed his name from the sex offenders register.

However, a related conviction for physical assault against the same woman still stands.

Gray was told that he must perform 85 hours of unpaid work for community – a reduction from the original 150-hour sentence handed down at Elgin Sheriff Court in January.

The 66-year-old has been suspended from Keith North Church since the allegations arose against him in 2018.

A Church of Scotland spokesman stated that now the court case had been concluded it would resume its own disciplinary procedures.

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