35-year-old accused denies assaulting woman with intent to rob in Hawick on Sunday

A man has appeared from custody at Jedburgh Sheriff Court accused of assaulting a woman in Hawick with intent to rob her.

Albert Road in Hawick.

Petrisor Surcica, 35, of Beattie Court in Hawick, is charged with approaching the 33-year-old and repeatedly demanding that she give him her smartphone, seizing her by the neck and compressing it and pushing her to the ground, all to her injury.

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That incident is alleged to have taken place in Albert Road, near Hawick Burns Club, on Sunday, July 7.

Surcica, said to be a Romanian national, pleaded not guilty, and a trial date was fixed for September 3, with an intermediate diet to be held on August 19.

He was released on bail until then with the special condition of a night-time home curfew between 7pm and 7am at weekends.