Liverpool footballer Raheem Sterling is charged with assaulting a woman

Raheem Sterling grew up in Neasden (Photo credit: Lynne Cameron/PA wire)

Raheem Sterling grew up in Neasden (Photo credit: Lynne Cameron/PA wire) - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima

Teenager grew up on the St Raphael’s Estate in Neasden

Raheem Sterling with Paul Lawrence

Raheem Sterling with Paul Lawrence - Credit: Archant

Premiership footballer and former Neasden schoolboy Raheem Sterling has been charged with assaulting a woman.

The 18-year-old Liverpool and England winger, who grew up on the St Raphael’s Estate, was summonsed to Liverpool Youth Court today on a charge of common assault.

The Jamaica-born footballer, who went to Copland Community School in Cecil Avenue, Wembley, did not attend the hearing and solicitor Mick Hogan appeared on his behalf.

Police said a 27-year-old woman, who is known to the footballer, suffered “slight” facial injuries during an alleged incident in Toxteth, Liverpool, on November 2.

During today’s short hearing Mr Hogan told the court that Sterling, who lives in Liverpool, denies the allegation.

He said the alleged offence took place when the footballer was 17 but, as he turned 18 in December, the matter should be transferred to the adult courts.

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Mr Hogan said: “I do have instructions to the effect that Mr Sterling will be pleading not guilty to this charge.

“He is aware of today’s hearing and the club are very supportive.”

The move to the adult courts was supported by the prosecution and Chairman of the Bench Brian Upton adjourned the matter to Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on February 22.

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

Earlier this month Sterling 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.