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BBC News, London, 12 July 2001
Ex-cricketer to face judge
Former Somerset county cricket captain Peter Roebuck is to face a crown court hearing on charges of assaulting three young players.
He told magistrates in Taunton on Thursday that he wanted the case heard before a judge.
Mr Roebuck, 45, of Portland Avenue, Exmouth, Devon, faces three charges of causing actual bodily harm.
He is alleged to have assaulted Keith Jack Whiting, Reginald Leslie Keats and Henk Hendrick Betrus Lindeque with a cane between March and September 1999 in Taunton.
The three men, all from overseas, were aged 18 or 19 at the time.
Mr Roebuck, who wore a blue cricket blazer and a black and white striped tie, declined to indicate whether he would be pleading guilty.
The case was adjourned until 6 September, when a committal hearing is expected.
Mr Roebuck, who now works as a sports journalist, was given conditional bail.
Follow-up: 19 October 2001 - Cricketer sentenced for caning trainees
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