Hartlepool man set to stand trial next year over 19 alleged sex charges against children

A man is due to stand trial next year after denying 19 alleged sexual charges against three girls.

Tuesday, 29th June 2021, 9:14 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th June 2021, 3:24 pm

Mark Sorby, 44, entered not guilty pleas to each of the charges when they were put to him during a hearing at Teesside Crown Court on Monday, June 28.

They involve alleged touching of the young complainants in a sexual nature and span a period of around nine years.

Due to a backlog in cases within the justice system, in part due to Covid, Sorby was told the earliest the trial will be able to go ahead is June of next year.

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The trial is due to take place at Teesside Crown Court.
The trial is due to take place at Teesside Crown Court.

It is due to last a minimum of five days. But some of the evidence and cross examination by the defence will take place before then in September.

Judge Jonathan Carroll, said: “Your main trial I’m afraid to say will not take place until the 20th of June next year.”

Sorby, of Ettrick Walk, Hartlepool, was granted unconditional bail.

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