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Syl Fox denies groping the woman at a Dublin bar. Photo: Collins Courts

Syl Fox denies groping the woman at a Dublin bar. Photo: Collins Courts

Syl Fox denies groping the woman at a Dublin bar. Photo: Collins Courts

VETERAN comedian Sil Fox's trial for groping a woman while he had a photo taken with her has been further adjourned.

The non-jury hearing was due to resume today but was put back for another two months amid restrictions in the courts over the Covid-19 crisis.

Defence barrister Emer Ni Chuagain was present in Dublin District Court on Mr Fox's behalf when Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case to June 22, in the accused's absence.

Mr Fox (86), who grew up in the Liberties in Dublin's south inner city but has an address at Wellington Lawn, Templeogue, was remanded on continuing bail.

He has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault of a woman at a bar in the south city centre on December 17, 2018.

The case has already been heard in part before Judge Paula Murphy, with the proseuction's evidence concluded.

On the last court date, Ms Ni Chuagain lodged a written application for a dismissal to be considered by trial Judge Paul Murphy.

The trial has heard Mr Fox had agreed to a request for a selfie picture with the middle-aged woman who had been on a Christmas night out with friends.

The woman alleged Mr Fox "put his hand on to my lap, on to my groin and he tickled my vagina, and doing so he said, ‘You will always remember where this picture was taken’.”

She claimed when she confronted him he said “You should be so lucky” he told her “this is ridiculous, this is stupid”.
The court heard Mr Fox told gardai the woman was a liar and trying to “ruin my name”; he denied the allegation completely and said “that is a load of crap”.

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