For­mer foot­ball player ac­cused of sex as­sault

Macclesfield Express - - FIGHT TO SAVE A&E -

EX-MANCH­ESTER City player Chris Killen has ap­peared in court ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a woman in his for­mer home.

Killen, 35, who lives on Lon­don Road, Adling­ton, ap­peared at a brief pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing at Min­shull Street Crown Court in Manch­ester.

Killen pleaded not guilty to the sin­gle charge dur­ing a pre­vi­ous hear­ing at Bury Mag­is­trates Court.

The court was told that the charge re­lates to an al­leged in­ci­dent at his for­mer home in Septem­ber this year.

The hear­ing was ad­journed for re­ports to be com­pleted be­fore an­other pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing at the same court on Jan­uary 13.

A trial, which is ex­pected to last for three days, was set for June 21 next year.

Mr Killen was granted con­di­tional bail.

The for­mer New Zealand striker rep­re­sented his coun­try 48 times, scor­ing 16 goals.

He started his ca­reer at Manch­ester City be­fore spells at Old­ham Athletic, Celtic, Mid­dles­brough, and the now dis­solved Chi­nese club Chongqing FC.

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