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Raheem Sterling case dismissed
May 20, 2013 8:35 AM EST
An assault case against Liverpool attacker Raheem Sterling has been dismissed after the prosecution offered no evidence against him.
The 18-year-old was accused of assaulting a 27-year-old woman in the Toxteth area of Liverpool in November 2012, leaving the alleged victim with slight facial injuries.
Sterling, who had pleaded not guilty to the charge, had missed three previous court appearances and was not present again, choosing to wait outside the court, however, the prosecution offered no evidence against him after two witnesses failed to attend.
With no evidence against the England international, district judge Richard Clancy dismissed the case, and awarded Sterling defence costs.
The forward broke into the Liverpool this season under Brendan Rodgers, making 24 appearances and scoring two goals.
His form earned him an international call-up from national coach Roy Hodgson, and he made his debut against Sweden in November.
When contacted by Omnisport, Liverpool declined to make a comment on the decision.