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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.


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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