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Man charged with sexual assault in an 'isolated' area of Belfast golf club

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard the allegation involves putting his hand on the woman's thigh, outside her clothing.c

A man appeared in court today accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Belfast golf club.

Steven Hamilton, 46, allegedly committed the offence in an "isolated" area of the course on Sunday, police said.

The club is not being named to protect the complainant's identity.

Hamilton, of Stoney Road in the city, denies a charge of sexual assault by touching.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard the allegation involves putting his hand on the woman's thigh, outside her clothing.

A PSNI officer said the injured party claims Hamilton approached to ask her age and seek her phone number.

It was alleged that he made her feel uncomfortable by asking personal questions before touching without consent.

Defence solicitor Noel Phoenix told the court his client left when asked to without committing any offence.

"He would say there was no inappropriate touching," Mr Phoenix added.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall was told Hamilton is seeking treatment for a drink problem.

Granting bail, she imposed an alcohol ban, curfew and electronic monitoring.

Mrs Bagnall also excluded Hamilton from the golf club, stressing: "That's the entire grounds."

He is due back in court again in four weeks time. 

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