Assault charge against Liverpool and England footballer Raheem Sterling dropped
Liverpool and England footballer Raheem Sterling has had a common assault charged against him dropped after two witnesses failed to turn up to court to give evidence.
The former Queens Park Rangers youth player had been accused of assaulting a 27-year-old woman in Toxteth, Liverpool, last November.
But the case against the 18-year-old winger was dismissed before a trial could start at Liverpool magistrates’ court today after the prosecution offered no evidence.
Prosecutor Rob Jones said it was not in the public interest for warrants to be issued for the missing witnesses and district judge Richard Clancy dismissed the case.
Sterling’s defence lawyer Stuart Driver QC, welcomed the move, saying: ‘Raheem Sterling has always insisted that he has done nothing wrong.’
The Jamaican-born footballer had entered a not guilty plea at an earlier court hearing.
A Liverpool FC spokesman said the club would not be releasing a statement as the incident was a personal matter.
Liverpool’s manager Brendan Rogers is understood to have accompanied Sterling to court this morning to offer his support to the player.
Sterling has made has made 39 appearances for Liverpool, scoring two goals, since making his debut for the Anfield club in March 2012.
He became the fifth-youngest player to represent England when he won his first international cap in a friendly match against Sweden last November, aged 17.