A 70-year-old man is to stand trial accused of viciously assaulting his step-daughter - allegedly “repeatedly stamping on her neck to the danger of her life”.
Robin Thomas is accused of attacking Jacqueline-Leah Rachel Wood at an address in Kilconquhar, Fife, on March 22 last year.
Prosecutors say he repeatedly punched her on the head, knocked her to the ground, sat astride her body and shook her.
Thomas is then said to have repeatedly have kicked her on the head and body and repeatedly stamped on her neck, all to her injury and danger of life.
Solicitor advocate Kris Gilmartin, defending, said: “He pleads not guilty and there is a special defence of self defence.
“We are prepared for trial.”
Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson added: “We are similarly prepared, although still awaiting photos of the complainer’s injuries which were taken by scenes of crimes officers.”
Thomas, of Heather Mews, Ivy Bridge, South Devon, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault to the danger of life.
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael continued the case to a trial date later this month.