Councillor to face assault trial

A SUFFOLK County Councillor has today denied sexually assaulting a woman.Ben Redsell pleaded not guilty at Ipswich Crown Court to assault by digital penetration without the woman's consent on August 24 last year.

A SUFFOLK County Councillor has today denied sexually assaulting a woman.

Ben Redsell pleaded not guilty at Ipswich Crown Court to assault by digital penetration without the woman's consent on August 24 last year.

The 28-year-old of Melton Meadow Road, Melton also denied sexual assault by intentionally touching the same woman on the same date without her consent. Redsell is also charged with making indecent photographs, having indecent photographs and theft.

Judge John Devaux transferred the case to Norwich Crown Court and said a further plea and directions hearing would take place there during the week beginning April 14.

Redsell was released from court on conditional bail until then. His trial was expected to last a maximum of nine days.