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Deepcut soldier denies recruit rape
Leslie Skinner
Leslie Skinner is due in court again on 17 October
A former soldier at the Deepcut barracks in Surrey has denied indecently assaulting two young male recruits and raping one of them.

Leslie Skinner, 45, of Stafford Close, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, pleaded not guilty to six charges at Guildford Crown Court, Surrey, on Friday.

He faces a rape charge and four charges of indecently assaulting one male between 14 and 30 December 1996.

Mr Skinner is also charged with indecently assaulting a different male between 31 October 1996 and 1 January 1997.

The former training instructor spoke only to deny all the charges during the 10-minute hearing.

The offences are alleged to have taken place while Mr Skinner, a former Lance Corporal, was serving with the Royal Logistics Corps at the Princess Royal Barracks at Deepcut.

The alleged victims were aged 17 and 21.

The case was adjourned until 17 October and Mr Skinner was released on conditional bail.

The deaths of four young soldiers at Deepcut barracks have been investigated by police and independent experts after their families disputed the Army's conclusions that they had committed suicide.

Surrey Police have stressed there is not thought to be any link between Mr Skinner and the deaths.


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