THE trial of two Herefordshire men accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a county pub has been delayed by "unexpected circumstances".

Peter Gallimore and Kevin Morgan first appeared before magistrates in Hereford earlier this month.

The pair are both charged with one count of sexual assault on a female.

The court heard from prosecutor Mark Hambling that 67-year-old Gallimore and 56-year-old Morgan are both accused of sexually assaulting a woman aged 16 or over by intentionally sexually touching her when she did not consent and when they did not reasonably believe that she was consenting in Leominster on August 11.

West Mercia Police had previously said on December 19 that it had charged the pair, both from Leominster, for the assault in The Ducker Bar in South Street.

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The case was sent for trial before magistrates and Gallimore and Morgan, who were both represented by defence solicitor George Cousins, were released on unconditional bail.

Gallimore, who is of School Lane in Leominster and Morgan, who is of South Street, Leominster, were originally scheduled to appear before magistrates at Hereford's Bath Street Justice Centre next for trial on April 13.

But, magistrates in Worcester heard at a further hearing on January 20, the court will be unable to proceed with the trial on the original date due to "unexpected circumstances".

The pair will now appear before Hereford magistrates for trial on May 15.

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