Gazza de­nies ‘kiss­ing’ sex as­sault claim

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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.

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