Trial starts at Glasgow High Court

The High Court in Glasgow.

The High Court in Glasgow.

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A man has gone on trial charged with trying to kill a woman in the Outer Hebrides.

Angus MacDonald is accused of attacking the woman at a house in Griminish on the Isle of Benbecula on January 2 2015.

The allegation includes claims MacDonald struck her on the body with a knife or similar implement.

The 49 year-old is said to have done this having “previously envinced malice and ill-will” towards the woman.

MacDonald denied attempted murder at the High Court in Glasgow on Tuesday and lodged a special defence of self defence.

He faces a further charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice following the alleged attack.

It is claimed he wrote letters to the woman asking her to inform the authorities that any assault occurred by accident.

MacDonald also denies that allegation.

The jury was read two joint minutes – facts agreed between the prosecution and McDonald’s lawyers – before witnesses were expected to be called as the Gazette went to press on Wednesday.The trial, before Judge Kenneth MacIver, continues.