THE owner of a Blackpool takeaway has appeared in court charged with a sex assault.
Iyad Albattikhi, 34, who owns the Mr Beanz takeaway – formerly known as Funnyboyz – is alleged to have squeezed a 19-year-old woman’s buttocks in a bar in Blackpool.
Albattikhi of Preston New Road appeared before the town’s magistrates.
Patrick Nelligan, defending, said his client would deny the allegation.
Albattikhi elected to stand trial at Preston Crown Court.
He was remanded in custody and will next appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on Friday.