Top darts player in court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A TOP darts player has made his first appearance in court accused of sexually molesting a young fan.

Kevin Spiolek appeared in the dock at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court to deny the two charges against him yesterday.

The 50-year-old is accused of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 1999 while he was in the resort for the World Darts Championships at the Winter Gardens.

Spiolek was once ranked eighth in the world, and his matches were regularly featured on TV at the peak of his career.

Yesterday, prosecutor Tracy Yates asked for his case to be sent for trial at Preston Crown Court.

Defence lawyer Hugh Pond confirmed his client would deny the charges at the higher court.

Spiolek, of Water Lane, Oakington, Cambridge, was bailed to appear at the crown court by district judge Jeff Brailsford.

Spiolek is best known for his playing career throughout the 1980s and 90s, and is one of just seven players to have beaten the darts world’s top star Phil Taylor during the World Darts Championships competition, knocking him out at Lakeside in 1993.