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Quinten Hann pleads not guilty

11/01/2005 05:48:18 AM Comments (0)

Australian snooker player Quinten Hann strenuously denied sexually assaulting two women when he appeared in court in London and will stand trial next month.

Hann, 27, appeared at Isleworth Crown Court in west London, where he pleaded not guilty to two charges of sexual assault, one of assault causing actual bodily harm and one of common assault.

Judge Heslett Colgan ordered that the trial could be called at any stage in the two weeks after February 14.

It was alleged that Hann assaulted the two women at his home in Ealing, west London, in the early hours of August 29 last year after meeting them at a West End nightclub.

Police arrested Hann at his home after a member of the public reported a disturbance.

The women allegedly suffered minor facial injuries and were taken to Ealing hospital by ambulance.

But, after entering his plea, Hann's counsel, Adam Mir, read a statement on the Australian's behalf.

"According to the prosecution version, the allegations are limited to touching over the undergarments of the complainants," Mir said.

"It was an open-plan flat with six people present, three female and three male. None of the other people present witnessed the specific allegations.

"I strenuously deny the allegations."

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