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Monday, 5 March, 2001, 18:29 GMT
Woman assaulted by darts champ
Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor is world darts champion
World darts champion Phil Taylor has been found guilty of indecently assaulting two 23-year-old women after a darts exhibition in Fife.

Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard that Taylor had challenged one of the victims to a drinking competition in a hotel in Leslie.

The assaults took place after the two women accepted a lift home in the 40-year-old darts player's motor home.

Taylor, from Maybank in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, denied the assaults, but was found guilty after a trial.


I told him to stop and pushed him away, but he kept coming back

Taylor's victim
Sentence was deferred until 27 March for background reports.

Taylor had taken on 14 local darts players at the hotel in October 1999 before giving an exhibition in front of 150 people.

One of the two victims said Taylor came over to them at the end of the exhibition and asked if they had enjoyed themselves.

He asked the two women how they were getting home, then told them he would be passing Rosyth on his way to Stoke.

One of the victims had thought it would be "quite a feather in my cap" if she could get the darts champion to visit her local pub in the Fife town.

Lying down

She sang with Taylor in a karaoke session after the exhibition and he also challenged her to a drinking competition - which she won four times.

She told the court on Monday that she was sick after getting into Taylor's camping caravan and that Taylor then tried to kiss her while she was lying down on the back seat.

"I told him to stop and pushed him away, but he kept coming back," she said.

She said he undid her trouser zip and fondled the woman.

The other women said she had heard her friend telling Taylor to leave her alone on several occasions.

Courts graphic
The trial was heard at Dunfermline Sheriff Court

She said that after her friend was sick, Taylor leaned over the front seat and fondled her.

"I was distressed and in tears. I felt silly being in the van in the first place," she said.

Denying the assaults, Taylor said he travelled the world giving exhibitions.

"I have given hundreds of people lifts home from my exhibitions," he said.

"I have too high a profile in the darts fraternity to do what is alleged."

He said he was "deeply hurt" by the allegations, adding: "I am married with four children and this case may well split up my family."

Credible witnesses

His driver Michael Connor told the court that he did not see an assault.

Returning a guilty verdict, Sheriff Isobella McColl said both women were credible witnesses.

Taylor - nicknamed 'The Power' - won his ninth world title when he beat John Part in the final of the Skol World Championships in January.

He was awarded an MBE in the New Year's honours list.

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