October 21 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, August 7, 2014
The West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison threatened to throw acid in the face of his ex-girlfriend and blow up her house, a court heard this morning.
Prosecutors at Manchester Magistrates’ Court allege the 21-year-old took part in a four-year course of harassment against his ex, Reah Mansoor.
The former Manchester United player was initially arrested and charged with two counts of common assault after being accused of punching and slapping Miss Mansoor, 19, and her mother Parveen Mansoor, 39, in the early hours of July 27 in Salford.
Morrison, who lives in Canary Wharf, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address during the brief hearing as the harassment allegation was also added to the charges.
The court heard the additional charge of causing his ex-girlfriend to fear violence would be used against her spanned the period from January 1, 2010, to July 20 this year.
The charge alleges he threatened to throw acid in her face, blow up her house and have her killed along with other threats of violence.
David Fish QC, representing Morrison, indicated his defendant would be pleading not guilty to the charges.
District Judge Khalid Qureshi bailed Morrison with strict conditions not to enter Greater Manchester except for court appearances, to see his lawyer or for West Ham United games, and he will next appear at Manchester Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on August 28.
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