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Wednesday, November 10, 1999 Published at 11:15 GMT

UK: Wales

Richards to stand trial

Mr Richards appeared before Richmond magistrates court

The former leader of the Tories in the Welsh Assembly, Rod Richards, is to face crown court trial on a charge of grievous bodily harm against a young woman.

Richards, 52, of Heol Isaf, Radyr, Cardiff, was committed for trial at Kingston Crown Court on Wednesday when he appeared before magistrates in Richmond, South West London.

The case against Richards, who denies the charge, was adjourned and he was remanded on conditional bail.

The former MP for Clwyd West was arrested on 27 July, in Chilton Road, Kew, west London, after an incident involving Cassandra Melvin, 22.

He resigned from his post as Conservative Assembly leader after the allegation.

Richards will appear in front of a judge at Kingston Crown Court on 16 December for a plea and directions hearing.

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