Gazza denies ‘kissing’ sex assault claim
FORMER England footballer Paul Gascoigne has appeared in court to deny sexually assaulting a woman by kissing her on a train.
Gazza ( above), 51, was arrested on August 20 while travelling from York to Newcastle and last month British Transport Police said he had been charged with one count of sexual assault by touching.
The alleged incident was said to have happened at Darlington and was to have involved him kissing a woman over the age of 16 on a train.
At Peterlee Magistrates’ Court Gascoigne entered a “not guilty” plea in a clear voice and elected for a Crown Court hearing.
He had previously protested his innocence on Twitter, saying he’d stepped in to comfort a woman after she was called a “fat cow”.
Gascoigne, living in Leicester, was granted bail to appear at Teesside Crown Court on January 8. A SNAIL can sleep for more than three years at a time VICTIM: Natalie Connolly
Mr Mason told the jury how Natalie’s fatal injuries were consistent with “punch or toe-poke kicks”.
He added: “Broadhurst has lost it with Natalie that night. He has beaten her with fists and weapons, punched or kicked her to the face, severely damaged her private parts and lied about it afterwards to cover his tracks.”
Post-mortem analysis found she died from her injuries in conjunction with alcohol intoxication.
Broadhurst will be sentenced on December 17.