AN award-winning scientist has been accused of raping a woman in St Andrews and sexually assaulting another in the grounds of the town's historic university the following day.

Pasquale Galianni, 30, a research student in astronomy who last year won the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Cormack Prize for his work on dark matter and modified gravity, is alleged to have raped a 27-year-old woman in Doubledykes Road on April 9.

He is further accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman in a lane between the university's sports hall and David Russell Apartments the next day.

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Galianni, of St Andrews, made no plea or declaration when he appeared at Cupar Sheriff Court.

He was remanded in custody ahead of a further appearance in court next week.