Former SAfrica rugby player back in court

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Associated Press

Posted on February 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Former South Africa rugby player James Dalton was told on Thursday that he is to reappear in court next week over allegations he tried to murder then wife Andrea.

The 37-year-old Dalton was told at Pretoria Regional Court that he must return on March 3 after it was alleged he tried to kill Andrea on November 16, 2007.

Dalton is accused of holding her head under water in an attempt to drown her. He also allegedly pressed a dress over her mouth and nose to try and suffocate her.

Andrea had claimed that the former Springbok hooker forced her head under water while she was in the bath.

The events are alleged to have taken place at the pair's home in Pretoria. They divorced in August 2009.

Dalton handed himself in to police a week after the November, 2007 incident and was released on R1,000 bail (129 US dollars). His original case was then postponed several times and finally struck off in February 2008 after his lawyer objected to any further postponements.

Dalton earned 43 caps for South Africa between 1994 and 2002.

He was part of South Africa's squad at the 1995 World Cup but was sent off after a mass brawl in a group match against Canada and suspended for the rest of the tournament. He broke down in tears at a news conference after the incident.

Without Dalton, South Africa went on to beat New Zealand in the World Cup final in a match made famous by the presence of Nelson Mandela in a Springbok rugby shirt.

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