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Glasgow 2014: Games athlete faces sex assault trial

A Commonwealth Games athlete has gone on trial accused of sexually assaulting a man in a Glasgow supermarket toilet.

Papua New Guinea weightlifter Toua Philip Udia was said to have touched the man inappropriately in the Tesco store, near the Athletes' Village.

The 41-year-old victim, who cannot be named, told Glasgow Sheriff Court Mr Udia touched him as he helped him apply an ice pack on 21 July.

The 22-year-old athlete denies the charge.

The trial before Sheriff Martin Jones continues.

The alleged victim told the court that he went into male toilets at the Tesco on Dalmarnock Road, near Rutherglen, with his partner's 11-year-old son.

Assault claim

He said once the schoolboy left toilet he heard voices and people coming into the toilets.

The witness claimed he came out of the cubicle in the toilets at the Tesco store after hearing someone being told "good luck in the games".

He said Mr Udia had his left leg up on the sink and was trying to tie a bandage round it and he asked him "Are you okay?".

The witness claimed Mr Udia asked him to help tie the bandage and while he did Mr Udia touched his private parts with two fingers.

The man claimed he said "hey" to Mr Udia.

He told the court: "He looked at me and smiled as though it was normal, a wee kind of smirk as though it was fine."

He said told the court: "I just about turned and left, I was angry."

The witness denied he was making up the allegation to seek attention.

He said he told staff at the shop and the police were contacted.

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