THE first hearing has taken place for a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Oxford.

Dominic Hughes, 53, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (April 23) accused of one count of sexual assault on a female.

He is accused of touching a woman aged 16 or over without her consent on July 2 last year.

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Hughes, of Gregory Avenue, Coventry, appeared in the lower court for his first hearing.

However, the case has now been sent to the higher court, Oxford Crown Court, for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

It is due to take place on May 23 at 10.30am.

It will be then be decided if a trial is due to take place.