Friday, July 24, 2009

Steven Gerrard Found Not Guilty.

Steven Gerrard has been cleared of assault at Liverpool crown court, despite CCTV footage which would lead most people to conclude that he joined in an attack rather than believe Gerrard's claim that he acted purely in self defence. You can watch the video and come to your own conclusions.

The altercation occurred when Marcus McGee, a local businessman, refused to allow Gerrard control of the music in a bar. Shortly afterwards, McGee was assaulted.

Six of Gerrard's friends have plead guilty to charges relating to the incident.

But it's no great surprise that the Liverpool star wasn't convicted for this offence in Liverpool, especially when one listens to the prosecution summing up the case:

In his final address to the jury, David Turner QC prosecuting said it would bring them no pleasure finding the footballer guilty – but that it was the right verdict.

He said: “Of all famous Liverpool footballers, Steven Gerrard is up there with the greats. Whatever Ronaldo is worth, Stevie G is worth £20m more.

"So Steven Gerrard is a Liverpool hero and it gives us, on behalf of the prosecution, no pleasure to see him in the dock at Liverpool crown court.

"It gives us no pleasure to prosecute a leading light of Liverpool, a man loyal to Liverpool and to Liverpool fans.

"We recognise that it will give you the jury no pleasure to return a verdict of guilty.

"But I regret to say that the verdict of guilty is the true verdict on the evidence, leaving aside any feeling of loyalty, allegiance or Mr Gerrard's undoubted charisma."

Mr Turner re-examined the events of the night and the "totally trivial" conflict over the music card.

He said: "In retrospect, why didn't Marcus McGee say, 'Stevie anything you like'.

"Most men in Liverpool would give the shirts off their back to Steven Gerrard.

Is there any surprise that Gerrard was found not guilty if this sycophancy was the case for the prosecution?


daveawayfromhome said...

Maybe someone needs to remind Mr Gerrard about noblesse oblige. With the position of royalty comes the responsibilities of royalty.

Kel said...

I find it astonishing that he was found not guilty, especially after watching the tape.