West Ham footballer Ravel Morrison denies threatening to throw acid on ex-girlfriend and have her killed
Morrison also denies assaulting his ex-girlfriend and her mother
Premier League footballer Ravel Morrison is to go on trial next year following a string of alleged offences, including threatening to have his ex-girlfriend killed and throw acid in her face.
In a course of alleged harassment said to have lasted four years, the 21-year-old West Ham player is also accused of threatening to blow up Reah Mansoor’s home, as well as assaulting the 19-year-old and her mother, 39-year-old Parveen Mansoor. The alleged attack took place in the early hours of 27 July.
Morrison, originally from Manchester, was initially remanded in custody last week before being bailed.
In a brief appearance at Manchester Crown Court today, Morrison entered not- guilty pleas to two counts of assault of beating, one of assault causing actual bodily harm and one count of harassment.
A provisional trial date has been set for 26 January next year.
His bail conditions are that he lives at an address in east London, does not contact directly or indirectly the two women complainants, does not enter the Greater Manchester area except for a court appearance or for a West Ham game in the area and to return to London immediately after the match.
Despite being touted as a bright prospect at Old Trafford, Morrison appeared only in the League Cup before former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson sold him to West Ham for £650,000 in January 2012.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce took him to Upton Park but he was later shipped out on loan to Birmingham and QPR.
Morrison picked up the first of his four England Under-21 caps in a 4-0 win over San Marino in October.
Additional reporting by PA
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