Steven Gerrard Case Goes On…
AFTER a very
short court hearing at North Sefton Magistrates in Southport on
Friday, 20 March 2009, England and Liverpool footballer, Steven
Gerrard, found out that the assault charge he was facing had been
dropped. On that Friday, Nick Evans prosecuting, told the court that
after a review of the evidence in full, it was decided that all
seven defendants should only face affray charges.
Yet this is not the
end of the story which began at a nightclub called the Lounge Inn,
in Southport on Monday, 29 December 2008. Steven Gerrard now faces
the lesser charge of affray. He and six other men now face the same
charge. The footballer, and the six other defendants, will have a
plea and case management hearing at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday,
3 April 2009. Gerrard was not required to make a formal plea in
relation to the affray charge, which he now faces.
After the short
hearing, media from all over the world and many onlookers watched as
the father of two was escorted out of the court building by members
of his legal team, and was driven away in a black car. No media
statements were made at the time.