A teenage soldier was “abducted and burned” on the way to meeting a Tinder date.
Cobhan McIelland, 18, had agreed to meet up with a woman in the early hours of Sunday, March 21, after matching on the popular dating site.
But after arriving at the property where he believed he would be meeting the date, he was allegedly “abducted” by a man who is said to have assaulted him and refused to let him leave.
Dylan Rigby, 19, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with attempted murder.
The teenager, who lives at Dreghorn Barracks in Colinton, Edinburgh, was rushed to hospital to be treated for his injuries, and is said to be suffering from “life changing” burns, wounds and “mental trauma”.
A spokesperson from the Ministry of Defence confirmed that Cobhan was being treated for his injuries and police are investigating.
Rigby appeared Edinburgh Sheriff Court where he was also charged with abduction, assault to severe injury and danger of life. No plea has yet been submitted.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers were called to an address in Kidlaw Close, Edinburgh, at around 6.05am on Sunday, 21 March following a disturbance within a property.
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“Specialist officers attended and the incident was concluded safely at around 8.05am.
“An 18-year-old man was taken to hospital after being assaulted, and a second man, also aged 19, has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.”
A GoFundMe page set up to help Cobhan through the ordeal shows shocking pictures of his devastating injuries.
The appeal for the teenager, believed to be originally from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, aims to raise £2,000 to help with his treatment.
It reads: “Our Son/Grandson/Brother has the kindest soul so we’re devastated to see the pain which he is in.
“Cobhan will now live with scars to last a lifetime, both mentally and physically. To help Cobhan, he is going to need counselling and lots of therapy.
“Although we are so lucky that Cobhan is still alive and here with us today, we’re also in great pain knowing the long road ahead of us.
“We’re aiming to raise money to help towards any therapy which Cobhan may need as there is a very high chance Cobhan may suffer with PTSD from this horrible event.
“Please help and share in any way you can. Our Family & Cobhan will forever be grateful.”
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