A VEGAN activist appealing against her conviction for spitting has had her hearing delayed.

Dylan Roffey denies the assault on Rhiannon Boyle at Brighton Railway station in January.

The 24-year-old was convicted by District Judge Amanda Kelly at Brighton Magistrates' Court in September.

Ms Boyle and friend Helen Mitchell gave evidence in the case as witnesses.

Ms Roffey, of Terminus Road, Brighton, has since challenged the ruling from her trial.

Her case was due to be heard by Miss Recorder Sarah Elliott QC at Lewes Crown Court today.

But due to a backlog of appeals cases, she was told the case would need to be relisted.

Rusell Fraser, appealing on behalf of Ms Roffey, said he could guarantee an appeal hearing would be finished within two hours.

Meanwhile Sophie Evans, prosecuting, said Rhiannon Boyle and her friend Helen Mitchell had come to court from London.

Both women testified against Ms Roffey at her magistrates' court trial in September.

A new date will be arranged.