Possible trial date fixed for Leeds councillor Ron Graham accused of attempted rape and historic sex offences against girl

A Leeds councillor charged with attempted rape and serious sex offences against a girl has made his first appearance before Leeds Crown Court.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 4:45 pm

Ron Grahame had been expected to enter pleas to four historic sex charges when he appeared before the court earlier today (March 10).

The plea hearing was adjourned after an application by the 77-year-old's barrister over concerns about his fitness to go on trial.

The hearing was postponed to allow time for medical reports to be prepared.

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Leeds City Councillor Ron Grahame

Grahame, councillor for Burmantofts and Richmond Hill, will next appear before the court for a fitness to plea hearing on June 28.

A provisional trial date was fixed for June 6 next year.

Judge Simon Batiste told Grahame that the lengthy period of time until the trial date was due to a backlog of cases.

Grahame, of Swardale Green, Swarcliffe, spoke only to confirm his name during today's hearing.

He is charged with attempting to rape a girl under 16 years of age between October 4, 1981, and October 4, 1982.

He is also charged with attempting to commit a further serious sexual offence between the same dates.

Grahame faces two charges of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14, between October 4, 1980, and October 4, 1982.

The defendant was granted bail until his next court appearance.

His current term of office runs until 2022.

He was first elected onto Leeds City Council to represent Whinmoor in 1982.