Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has on Friday avoided criminal charges for assaulting his ex-girlfriend Shana Halliday in August.
The case was settled at Liverpool Magistrates Court after the evidence given against Sterling was 'disappointing'. Sterling was arrested at 10.30pm on August 8 and was granted conditional bail. He entered a not guilty plea.
He has previously been taken to trial for assault on a woman who sustained facial injuries, but the case was dropped after a witness failed to appear. His legal fees were paid by the taxpayer despite earning over £30,000 per week.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Sterling emigrated to London with his mother and went to school in London. The 18-year old winger has made over 30 appearances for Liverpool, and scored two goals. He is also a senior England international, having represented England at every level from U16 to U21.
After making his debut against Wigan Athletic aged 17, he became the second youngest player to ever play for Liverpool and is widely regarded as one of England's brightest young footballing prospects.