A TWENTY-EIGHT-YEAR-OLD man accused of arming himself with a tree branch in St Helens town centre and of assault will face a Crown Court trial.

Ebrahem El Shebane, of Brunswick Road, Newton-le-Willows pleaded not guilty to two charges at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Magistrates’ Court.

Shebane is charged with having with him in a public place on Ormskirk Street an offensive weapon, namely a tree branch on Tuesday, February 25 this year.

The 28-year-old is also charged with an assault by beating of a man on the same date.

Shebane denied both charges in court.

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The case was sent to Liverpool Crown Court where Shebane will next appear on Thursday, September 24.

Shebane was granted unconditional bail until then.