DLT to contest sex offence charges

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DJ Dave Lee Travis said he has his wife’s support, and that of his friends, as he appeared in court to face allegations of sexual offences.

The 68-year-old indicated that he will plead not guilty as he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today to answer 11 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.

DJ Dave Lee Travis speaks to the media as he leaves Westminster Magistrates' Court. PIC: PA

DJ Dave Lee Travis speaks to the media as he leaves Westminster Magistrates' Court. PIC: PA

He is accused of committing the offences between 1977 and 2007 against alleged victims aged between 15 and 29.

Travis, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, has denied any wrongdoing since he was first arrested on suspicion of sexual offences in November last year.

His lawyer Martin Bale today indicated to the court that he would plead not guilty to the charges.

Addressing reporters outside court, Travis, of Mentmore in Bedfordshire, said: “I am supported by my wife and friends. My wife is not here today and the reason that she is not here today is because I detest hare-coursing.”

After the short hearing, he told reporters inside the court building that he could not talk about the case.

He said: “I either talk for a long time or I don’t, and at the moment I’m not talking.”

Travis, who was charged last week, was told that his case will be sent to Southwark Crown Court, where he will next appear on September 6.

He was released on bail with the conditions that he lives at his home in Mentmore and does not contact the alleged victims.

Wearing a grey suit, white shirt and patterned tie, he spoke to confirm his name and date of birth, and to query what the next hearing would involve.

Travis was charged as part of Operation Yewtree, the police investigation prompted by the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal, but the accusations against Travis have no connection to the disgraced television presenter.

The charges are:

* One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 18, in 1977.

* Two offences of indecent assault relating to a girl, aged 15, in 1977.

* One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 19, in 1978.

* One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged between 26 and 28, on a date between 1981 and 1983.

* One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 18, in 1983.

* One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged between 19 and 20,on a date in 1985.

* One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 22, in 1990.

* Three offences of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged between 26 and 29, from 2000 to 2003.

* One offence of sexual assault relating to a woman, aged 23, in 2007.