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Morrison bailed in 'assaults' case
12:20pm Monday 4th August 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Premier League footballer Ravel Morrison has been freed after a judge granted him bail following a private court hearing.
Morrison, 21, who plays for West Ham, was in custody and not present at Manchester Crown Court to hear the bail application made by his lawyers.
The former Manchester United midfielder is accused of two counts of common assault on his ex-girlfriend Reah Mansoor, 19 and her mother Parveen Mansoor, 39, in the early hours of last Sunday morning.
He was refused bail by District Judge James Prowse at his first court appearance at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Thursday and spent the weekend in custody.
Today Judge Michael Henshall granted Morrison bail.
An application by the Press Association to allow the press and public into court for the hearing was rejected by the judge and the hearing went ahead in private.
Morrison was given bail but his bail conditions were not given by the court following a request from the press.
Despite being touted as a bright prospect at Old Trafford, Morrison only appeared 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 soon shipped out to Birmingham and QPR on loan.
Morrison is next due to appear at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Thursday.