Sunderland star Bramble on fourth charge

Dated: 10/02/12'PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALLER SEX ATTACK COURT CASE ''Titus Bramble arrives at Teesside Court today (Fri) to enter a plea against charges of sexual assault.''''''''''''''' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES
Dated: 10/02/12'PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALLER SEX ATTACK COURT CASE ''Titus Bramble arrives at Teesside Court today (Fri) to enter a plea against charges of sexual assault.''''''''''''''' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES
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SAFC star Titus Bramble is facing a fourth charge of indecent assault.

Prosecutors added the new allegation when Bramble appeared at Teesside Crown Court yesterday.

Bramble, of Wynyard, is accused of groping a girl in a nightclub in Yarm, and sexually touching another girl three times during a taxi journey home.

Bramble, 30, pleaded not guilty to four charges of sexual assault by touching, all alleged to have happened on September 28 last year.

Prosecutor Sue Jacobs said the trial would take about three days, and the Crown would be calling the alleged victims and the taxi driver as witnesses.

Ronald Jaffa, defending, asked for the case to be heard after the end of the football season.

“My client is 30 years old and does not have long left in his profession,” said Mr Jaffa. “He is concerned about missing games, and he also needs to be available for training during the week.”

The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Peter Fox, said the availability of witnesses should take priority.

“We would not normally take a defendant’s occupation into account,” said the judge. “This is not a case that is out of the ordinary for these courts.”

Judge Fox rejected a defence application to try the nightclub and taxi allegations separately, ruling that all charges should be tried at the same time.

The judge set a trial date of May 28 and granted Bramble unconditional bail.

Speaking after the hearing, Bramble’s lawyer Phil Smith, from Tuckers Solicitors in London, said his client has always denied the allegations.