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20/09/2013 11:33 BST | Updated 20/09/2013 12:44 BST

Liverpool Winger Raheem Sterling's Assault Case Collapses (PICTURES)

 Liverpool and England footballer Raheem Sterling, 18, from Woolton,arrives at Liverpool Magistrates' Court, where he is to stand trial on charges of assaulting a woman, reported to be his girlfriend.
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Liverpool and England footballer Raheem Sterling, 18, from Woolton,arrives at Liverpool Magistrates' Court, where he is to stand trial on charges of assaulting a woman, reported to be his girlfriend.

The assault case against Liverpool and England collapsed today when his former girlfriend failed to support the prosecution's case by giving "disappointing" evidence.

Sterling was alleged to have attacked 19-year-old model Shana Ann Rose Halliday following a row about a text message, Liverpool Magistrates' Court heard.

But Sterling, from Southport, was formally found not guilty by magistrates when the Crown Prosecution Service withdrew its case after magistrates refused to treat Miss Halliday as a hostile witness

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The 18-year-old winger entered a not guilty plea at Liverpool Magistrates' Court last month.

Sterling, from Woolton, was granted conditional bail and will stand trial for common assault at the same court on Friday afternoon.

He was arrested on August 8 at 10.30pm following an incident in Page Moss, Huyton, Liverpool.

Miss Halliday, from Liverpool, was crowned the winner of England's Top Model of the World beauty pageant earlier this year.

She went on to contest the pageant's world final in Egypt and reportedly works as a sales assistant for the Hollister clothing chain.