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Woman accuses boss of sexual assault

THE TRANSPORT administrator at a Dumfries courier firm has told a court how her job had turned sour when her boss started putting his hands on her neck as well as telling her she was special and stating he had missed her when she was off.

The 30-year-old married woman said that in the month before she left he put his hands on her neck on five or six times and on one occasion said he would like to spank her bottom.
And she told the court in Dumfries last Friday that the final straw came when she was looking at the computer with two colleagues and he came up behind and put his cold hands under her scarf and touched the back of her neck.
She said: “I was stunned that he did it in front of my colleagues.”
She added that it resulted in her driving home crying and sobbing in her car because she felt it was the best job she had ever had in her life.
In the court, 52-year-old Malcolm Lines, of Wellington Street, Glencaple, pleaded not guilty to assaulting the woman on various occasions at the town’s APC Lines Distribution premises in Greystone Crescent between September 1 and October 9 last year by touching her on the neck and making sexual remarks.
The woman, who had been in the job about a year, told the court she eventually went off sick and said: “I was very upset and quite scared of what he was going to do next … I didn’t want to be bullied or intimidated.”
The trial has been continued to January.

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