Court case involving Liverpool player Raheem Sterling adjourned

Raheem Sterling grew up on the St Raphael's Estate in Neasden

Raheem Sterling grew up on the St Raphael's Estate in Neasden - Credit: EMPICS Sport

Teenage footballer grew up in Neasden and went to school in Wembley

Raheem Sterling with his former teacher Paul Lawrence

Raheem Sterling with his former teacher Paul Lawrence - Credit: Archant

A court case involving Premier League and England footballer Raheem Sterling was adjourned today.

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, 18, who grew up on the St Raphael’s Estate in Neasden, is charged with common assault after a 27-year-old woman, who is known to the player, suffered “slight” facial injuries, police said.

The incident allegedly took place in the Toxteth area of the city on November 2.

Sterling, who went to Copland Community School in Cecil Avenue, Wembley, did not attend today’s hearing at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court.

His solicitor, John Brown, asked for the case to be adjourned following delays.

He said: “A request was made to the Crown to investigate something related to this case, which the Crown have now investigated.

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“The defendant is on summons so there’s no reason for him to be present.”

The hearing was rescheduled for March 1.

Sterling was initially summonsed to Liverpool Youth Court as the offence allegedly took place when he was 17.

But he turned 18 in December and the matter was transferred to the adult courts.

The Jamaica-born star, who now lives in Liverpool, was not present for his youth court hearing earlier this month.

Solicitor Mick Hogan appeared on his behalf at that hearing and indicated he would plead not guilty.

Sterling made his senior international debut for England last November against Sweden and has earned plaudits for his performances for Liverpool this season.

Last month he made an impromptu visit to teachers at his old school.

He was driving past Copland when he spotted his former sports coach Paul Lawrence and other staff so he pulled over.