DUP councillor Ian Stevenson is denying a sexual assault charge and a court contest date has been set for late July

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A court contest date for Ballymoney DUP councillor Ian Stevenson, who denies a charge of sexual assault, has been set for late July.

The case was mentioned at Laganside Courts in Belfast on Monday.

The 48-year-old is accused of ‘intentionally’ touching a female, ‘the circumstances being that the touching was sexual, that she did not consent to the touching’ and that he ‘did not reasonably believe that she so consented’.

The charge relates to Saturday April 29, 2017.

The councillor has pleaded not guilty to the charge and the case has been listed as a contest which is due to be heard in late July.

Recently the councillor was suspended by the DUP “pending the outcome of a court case”.

Cllr Stevenson represents the Ballymoney electoral area on Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council and was once mayor of the former Ballymoney Borough Council.

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