Ex-Downing Street aide appears in court accused of rape
A former private secretary to two Prime Ministers is accused of a raping a woman in a car.
A former top Downing Street aide has appeared in court accused of raping a woman in a car.
Mark Adams is charged with carrying out the sex attack in Regent Road, Edinburgh last August.
The 56-year-old, ex-private secretary to former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major, pled not guilty at the High Court in Glasgow.
Prosecutors claim the woman was initially asleep in the parked car as well as being under the influence of alcohol.
It is stated she was "incapable of giving or with-holding consent".
The charge alleges after she had awoken, Adams took off her clothes and sexually assaulted her.
Simon Whyte, defending, told the court that he was not ready for a trial to be set.
Lady Stacey instead set a further hearing due to take place next month.
Bail for Adams, of Portsmouth, Hampshire, was continued meantime.
Adams, a former civil servant, worked for the Government for six years in the 1990s.