Friday, 17 May 2013

Michael Le Vell pleads not guilty, bailed until September

Michael Le Vell outside Manchester crown court
Michael Le Vell, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in Coronation Street, answered "not guilty" 19 times in a clear, strong voice as each  individual charge was put to him today at Manchester Crown Court.

The Manchester Evening News reports that the 48-year-old was charged under his real name of Michael Turner with 19 offences, including six counts of raping a child, six allegations of indecently assaulting a child and seven counts of sexual activity with a child.

The alleged offences relate to one complainant and all took place between 2001 and 2010.

The hearing was for the defendant to enter his pleas and arrange administrative matters for a forthcoming trial later this year. At the end of the hearing Judge Michael Henshell addressed the defendant.

"Stand up, Mr Turner," he said. "Your trial will take place on the 2nd of September; you remain on bail in that time, subject to the same conditions." Le Vell bowed his head and replied: "Thank you."
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