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  • 24 February 2014, 23:19

Dave Lee Travis To Face Sex Assault Retrial

Dave Lee Travis has described a decision by prosecutors to seek a retrial for him over sexual assault charges as a "nightmare".

The former Radio 1 DJ was speaking after a hearing at Southwark Crown Court where he learned he will face a retrial on charges that a jury previously failed to reach a verdict on.

As he left the court with his wife by his side, Mr Travis addressed journalists and said: "I told you I'd been through 18 months of a nightmare. Apparently, I was wrong, because the nightmare is now going to go on.

"This whole thing started when I was 67 and I just hope it's going to end by the time I'm 80."

Prosecutor Miranda Moore earlier told the court: "The prosecution is seeking a retrial for two outstanding counts." 

Wearing a black suit and burgundy shirt and tie, Mr Travis remained seated in the dock during the hearing.

The former DJ was cleared this month over 12 counts of indecent assault alleged to have occurred in the 70s, however jurors were unable to agree verdicts on one count of indecent assault and another of sexual assault.

The court heard prosecutors are seeking a retrial on those two outstanding counts. A further hearing is now scheduled to take place on March 28.

During his five-week trial Travis denied the charges, insisting the women made up the attacks so they "could cash in" and sell their stories.

One of the undecided allegations relates to an alleged indecent assault on a theatre employee in the early 90s when Travis was performing in the pantomime Aladdin in Crawley.

The undecided sexual assault charge relates to a reporter who was sent to interview Travis at his home in 2008.

Today, Judge Anthony Leonard told Travis: "You are to return to this court on the 28th March. You are re-admitted to bail as before." A trial date has yet to be fixed.

Travis's wife Marianne was present in the public gallery during Monday's hearing.

Metropolitan Police investigated the former DJ as part of Operation Yewtree, the force's investigation into allegations of historic sexual abuse by high-profile figures after details of Jimmy Savile's past crimes emerged.

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