Paul Gascoigne: Jury continue deliberations on Thursday in sexual assault trial

The jury in the trial of former football??star Paul Gascoigne, whos accused of sexually assaulting a woman will keep their deliberations on Thursday.
Even the 52-year-old ex-England midfielder denies the offence, stating that he kissed the stranger to improve her confidence after he heard somebody call her weight, and it was not sexual.
Were told by beating should they clean him of sexual assault, theyre able to look at a lesser count of assault.
Teesside Crown Court has heard the complainant was on a York to Newcastle train in August 2018 when Gascoigne, who had been loudly and swearing, drunkenly sat next to her, tapped her on the arm, caught her by the cheeks and also planted a sloppy kiss on her lips.
In her final speech to the jury Michelle Heeley QC, defending, told jurors the former footballer kissed a girl who didnt like it and was not expecting it, but that didnt make him a sex offender.
Talking about the alternate charge, she said:You may believe, 14 weeks following this episode, this is really a sexual attack nothing.
Referring to his illustrious international career, she said a kiss can mean several things, such as a partyif you score one of the best aims England has ever observed, from Scotland in Euro96.
She said the kiss lasted two or three seconds, on a packed train, and was not preceded with anylecherous comment, touching or touching.
Miss Heeley explained:You cannot be convinced Mr Gascoigne needed a sexual aim.
Hes been persistent throughout, he didnt kiss (the complainant) for another reason in his mind than to reassure her that she wasnt fat or ugly.
She stated it could have beenmisplaced, however it was not sexual.
In his final speech, prosecutor William Mousley QC said Gascoigne had lied about what happened, and that somebody had mistreated the girl.
He explained:Theres an obvious reason as to why he lied and thats because he knows he is guilty of sexual attack but wants to install a smokescreen, cause a diversion, suggest it wasnt as it obviously was.
Mr Mousley said of this kiss:It had been an unpleasant attack, also it had been an act of kindness. Guilty when the prior, not guilty if it were the latter
After she had been kissed, the girl, who cannot be appointed, was shocked and also a fellow passenger challenged Gascoigne, stating:What youve just done is sexual abuse.
Police later tracked Gascoigne to a hotel in Jesmond, Newcastle, and once an officer spoke to him about the telephone, prior to detain, the footballer explained:I know what it is around, I kissed a burden lass.
When he gave evidence, Gascoigne explained he was attempting to ward off his alleged victim after he claimed to have overheard someone say of herYou dont want a photograph with her, shes fat and ugly.
He spoke of his struggle with his weight, bullying suffered by relatives and struggles with bulimia.
Gascoigne reported that he came and sat next to this woman, telling hertake no notice of what they say andlisten, so youre not fat and ugly.
He refused drunk at the moment, telling the jury that he had undergone a surgery in Australia to have pellets implanted into his belly which would leave himspew up if he drank spirits.
The defence showed Gascoignes jury pictures kissing and being kissed by other people, including footballers Steve Bull, Ian Wright, Ally McCoist and Wayne Rooney, as well Diana, Princess of Wales.
The court heard character references from Jane Couch and fighters Ricky Hatton, his alcohol therapist and his former agent Mel Stein, which spoke of Gascoigne regularly kissing people.
The trial continues.

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