Ex-Saints star Sean Long appears in court charged with assaulting woman

Sean Long leaves court in St Helens.

Sean Long leaves court in St Helens.

First published in News

FORMER Saints player Sean Long has appeared before magistrates in St Helens charged with assaulting a woman.

Long is facing allegations that he committed the offence against a 40-year-old in Rainford in May.

Dressed in a black hooded jacket, the ex-scrum half stood in the dock to give his name, address and date of birth.

Long is accused of a section 39 common assault, however, there was no further detail given at a brief hearing on Tuesday.

Although Long did not formally enter a plea, his defence solicitor David Achilles indicated his client will deny the charge.

He is also facing a charge of failing to report to St Helens police station on August 28, as part of his bail conditions for the alleged offence.

The 36-year-old from Billinge, Wigan, is assistant coach at Super League side Salford City Reds. The ex-Great Britain international enjoyed an illustrious career at Knowsley Road.

Magistrates granted conditional bail and he will return to court at a later date.

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