Friday, January 24, 2014

Former deputy speaker Nigel Evans appears in court to deny nine charges of rape and sexual offences against seven men

The former deputy speaker Nigel Evans today denied nine sexual offence charges against seven men when he appeared before a judge.

The MP for Ribble Valley in Lancashire entered formal not guilty pleas during the pre-trial hearing at Preston Crown Court.

He stood in the dock, hands clasped at his front, to repeat 'not guilty' as each charge was put to him.

The 56-year-old is accused of two counts of indecent assault, six of sexual assault and one of rape.

The indictment includes an extra charge of sexual assault which was only added to the charge sheet today.

All of the offences are alleged to have taken place from 2002 to April 1, last year.

Evans resigned as Commons deputy speaker after he was charged on September 10.  (more...)

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