Michael Greenall, 25, allegedly hit a 15-year-old child, who is said to have suffered a suspected broken nose.
Greenall is also accused of producing a knife after the alleged late night attack in St Helens last year.
The teenager later underwent an operation to reposition her nose following the incident on December 13.
Greenall appeared at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court this morning, charged with assault causing actual bodily harm.
The defendant, of Kitchener Street, St Helens, is also charged with affray and possessing a knife in a public place.
According to the wording of the affray charge, he “used or threatened unlawful violence towards another and his conduct was such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety”.
He is also alleged to have had a kitchen knife in Kitchener Street “without good reason or lawful authority”.
Greenall, wearing a suit and tie, spoke only to confirm his personal details and to deny all three charges.
He then sat in silence for the remainder of the short hearing, which was attended by the girl’s tearful mum sitting in the public gallery.
Sarah Egan, prosecuting, requested the case be sent to the higher court, which was not opposed by Christopher Mantle, defending.
Magistrates committed the case to Liverpool Crown Court, where Greenall will next appear on August 15.
He was remanded on unconditional bail until that date.
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