Prosecutors in Austria have charged a British soldier with raping and sexually abusing six-year-old girl.

A 30-year-old paratrooper, who has not been named, has been charged with rape and grievous sexual abuse of a minor in the western Austrian state of Tyrol.

According to The Local, the soldier was taking part in military exercises in the Alps when the incident is alleged to have taken place.

The soldier is accused of breaking into a family home in Stubaital valley during the night, and was allegedly discovered half-naked in the child’s bedroom by her father, who tackled the man and called the police.

The trial is due to start on 10 March.

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