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Kirkcaldy man found guilty of raping woman near local park

A man who attacked a woman near a park in Fife has been found guilty of rape.

Stephen Burns, 42, was remanded in prison at the High Court in Edinburgh and will be sentenced in March.

The court heard how police found the 31-year-old with leaves, twigs and dirt in her hair and clothes and "crying hysterically" in Kirkcaldy.

She looked as though she had been dragged through a hedge, a trial was told. Burns claimed she had consented to sex on 29 October 2011 .

Burns claimed he was having an illicit affair with the woman, behind her lover's back, for months and that she had consented to sex with him - on a patch of marshy, wet ground.

The woman denied this and a jury found Burns, from Kirkcaldy, guilty of rape.

The trial heard the woman was in the town's Thornhill Drive, near Denfield Park, on October 29 2011 when Burns seized her, pulled her along by the hair, pushed her to the ground and raped her.

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