Sunderland footballer Titus Bramble opts for crown court trial over sex assault charges

'NOT GUILTY' PLEA ... Sunderland football Titus Bramble denies two sexual assaults.
'NOT GUILTY' PLEA ... Sunderland football Titus Bramble denies two sexual assaults.
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SUNDERLAND star Titus Bramble has denied two counts of sexual assault.

The 30-year-old Black Cats defender is alleged to have touched two women sexually without their consent while in a night out in Yarm, Teesside.

Alan Davison, prosecuting, told Teesside Magistrates’ Court that Bramble is accused of touching the bottom of a woman who was socialising with off-duty police officers.

Mr Davison says the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, described it as a “full handful” and “quite aggressive” as she was at the bar of the Keys nightclub.

The court heard that later in the night another woman was helping a friend outside the venue when she recognised Bramble.

Later, the court heard the pair got into a taxi and Mr Davison said Bramble, of Wellington Drive, Wynyard, is alleged to have tried to kiss the girl.

She then claims he then put her hand “onto his clothing over his genitals”.

Bramble is then alleged to have urinated outside the vehicle.

He is charged with urinating in a public place, which he also denies.

The taxi driver was said to have made the decision to turn the vehicle around and drive Bramble to Stockton police station, where he was arrested.

District Judge Kristina Harrison gave Bramble the option of a trial at the magistrates’ court, where he could receive a maximum sentence of 12 months if convicted.

But the player, who signed for Sunderland from Wigan Athletic in June last year, instead opted for a trial at Teesside Crown Court.

He was given unconditional bail and must appear again at Teesside Magistrates’ Court in January, when the case will be referred to crown court.

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