A MAN is to stand trial charged with seriously assaulting and robbing an 85 year-old woman in her own home.

Kevin McCallum faced the accusation during a short hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

The 42 year-old is charged with breaking into the home of Barbara Slaven in Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire in April this year.

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It is claimed he assaulted the OAP to her severe injury, permanent impairment and to the danger of her life.

Prosecutors also allege he robbed her of a thimble and a parasol.

McCallum faces a separate charge of stealing shortbread biscuits from the home of Iain Yule in Clydebank, also West Dunbartonshire in February this year.

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His QC Thomas Ross offered a guilty plea to the reduced charge of breaking into Miss Slaven's home, but not assaulting her.

The advocate said McCallum was also willing to admit to the allegation involving Mr Yule.

But, prosecutor Graeme Jessop rejected both pleas.

Both Mr Ross and the advocate depute confirmed a trial could be set.

Lord Beckett fixed a trial for December. The case could last three days.