York & North Yorkshire

University Challenge contestant faces rape retrial

Bartholomeo Joly de Lotbiniere Image copyright PA
Image caption The jury at Bartholomeo Joly de Lotbiniere's previous trial in York was discharged after failing to reach a verdict

A former University Challenge contestant accused of rape is to face a retrial.

A jury at Bartholomeo Joly de Lotbiniere's trial was discharged on 15 February after failing to reach a verdict, at York Crown Court.

Mr Joly de Lotbiniere, 21, denied rape and indecent assault in connection with an incident at York University in 2014.

Judge Paul Batty QC said a new trial, at Bradford Crown Court, would be listed for 18 September.

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Mr Joly de Lotbiniere, of Kensal Rise, London, appeared on the BBC 2 quiz representing York University.

He is currently at University College London.

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