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Thursday, 16 December, 1999, 11:52 GMT
Richards denies assaulting woman

Rod Richards Rod Richards appeared before Kingston Crown Court


The former leader of the Tories in the Welsh Assembly, Rod Richards, has given a not guilty plea to a charge of assaulting a young woman.

Appearing before a judge at Kingston Crown Court, Richards, 52, of Heol Isaf, Radyr, Cardiff, denied grievous bodily harm.

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 for trial at Kingston Crown Court on 3 April.
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