A former takeaway worker has described seeing an alleged rape victim sitting in the shop “not feeling very well”.
Behroz Hamedi is on trial at the High Court in Aberdeen accused of raping a 21-year-old at the former Marco’s Fast Food Restaurant in Belmont Street on November 1, 2018.
The 59-year-old, of Pine Crescent Walk, Aberdeen, denies the sex assault which allegedly happened when the woman was intoxicated.
Yesterday, his former colleague Zoulfaghar Mollaeian told the court he was working at the takeaway on the night of the alleged offence.
The 46-year-old said he remembered seeing the woman sitting in the shop “not feeling well”.
He added: “The plan was to call the police to inform them she couldn’t get home.
“That’s what I remember, her sitting in the customer area.”
The jury was shown CCTV footage of Belmont Street that night where Mr Mollaeian’s car could be seen pulling up to the front of the eatery at around 4.50am before he started speaking to a police officer.
Advocate depute James Keegan, prosecuting, asked Mr Mollaeian what he had told the officers.
Mr Mollaeian answered: “I told them at the time that I left the girl sitting in the shop.”
PC Mark Shearer told the jury he had received reports of a “woman in distress” in the area.
PC Shearer said he asked Mr Mollaeian if he had seen the woman, adding: “He shook his head and raised his hands as if to say he didn’t know what I was talking about.”
The trial, before Lord Arthurson, continues.