Gerrard Cleared After Brawl But Takes £311,000 In Legal Aid

By on June 27, 2011

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has walked away with £311,000 of tax payers’ money given to him in the form legal aid after he was acquitted on affray charges.

The footballer, who earns thousand of pounds a week, was cleared of all charges and had his legal expenses repaid from public funds under legal aid rules.

The row in 2009 led to a bar brawl in Southport Merseyside, leaving Marcus McGee needing four stitches to his head and even lost a tooth.

Gerrard was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, which was dropped and also affray after the incident. A spokesman for Gerrard said:

“Steven’s lawyers applied for the reimbursement of a percentage of costs, which were immediately granted by the judge at the end of the trial.

“They acted on his behalf at all times in the same way as they would for anyone else in the same circumstances and within the rules and regulations laid down in cases such as this.”

Gerrard is one of a number of celebrities who have hired the best and most expensive legal brains in the country and subsequently had their huge legal fees repaid from the tax payers’ wallet.

Legal aid is spiraling out of control and as risen to a costly £2.1 billion in two years and ministers now want to change the rules to restrict the payments made out.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke will present the new plans to limit the costs paid for lawyers’ fees when their clients are acquitted later this week.

The changes in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will also stop legal firms having their huge costs paid by tax payers’ money. The new measures will only allow “reasonable” costs to be paid by tax payers funds.

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14 Comments

  1. stevo

    June 28, 2011 at 1:36 am

    blame the moron that brought him to court ..without sound proof…
    he was just defending himself..

    • oh dear

      June 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

      No proof? There’s video’s all over YouTube of Stevie Me beating the crap out of him.

      Same old Scousers, always cheating…

    • Kev

      June 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      Scouse jury found him “innocent”. Wot a joke.

  2. olorunfemi

    June 28, 2011 at 2:00 am

    i think they want to make money from him all bcs his a lpfc hero

  3. Wenger

    June 28, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Another theveing scouser!

    • Scoot

      June 28, 2011 at 4:52 am

      suck it

    • Adam

      June 28, 2011 at 10:25 am

      BS claims… The other guy started the fught but didn’t realise,
      HE’S BIG, HE’S HARD, IT’S STEVEN F*****G GERRARD!
      Stevie just defended himself and the other guy lost.
      YNWA! Next time the police should keep their grubby pig snouts out of your case files, and people should back up their claims against you 🙂

      • oh dear

        June 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

        A laughably myopic view. Have you not seen the videos on YouTube. Course you did, you just had Scouse tinted glasses on.

        Same old Scousers, always cheating…

      • Kev

        June 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm

        Adam is a dirty, c#ck sucking, thieving, smackhead, stinking scouser.

  4. Dan

    June 28, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    SG was g****y as h*ll, everybody locally knew it. This is yet another example of those with money getting away with things. He should have served time the d*rty ch**ting soandso (and I’ll never forgive him for getting Hibbo sent off by tripping himself up!!)

  5. Kev

    June 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Typical money grabbing scouse scumbag b#stard. As if Liverpool doesn’t cost the taxpayer enough already. They should just drop a bomb on the place.

  6. Phil

    June 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I’m a Liverpool fan (of 25years) and I have nothing but pride and admiration for our captain.

    However, it is a disgrace that he should be granted Legal Aid when he earns this sort of money in a couple of weeks.

    Legal Aid is not always granted to those on a “normal” wage so to grant it to a multi millionaire footballer sickens me.

    This is totally unjust and I’d like to believe that Stevie will donate his award to his charity work.

    • Kev

      June 28, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      I’m shocked. That is genuinely the first time I’ve heard a scouser speak sense.
      I will adjust my opinion accordingly, Liverpool is 99.9% full of scumbag idiots. Not 100% as I previously thought.

  7. Nick

    June 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I believe this site has the wrong information. The legal fees Gerard paid to defend himself are being paid back to him, but only a percentage of this sum. It is being paid back due to him being forced to defend himself on an allegation he was acquitted of. This money is not the Legal Aid, an individual would recieve if unable to pay their own fees.

    Normally the other party would pay expenses, in this case it was the state versus SG therefore the state must repay the legal fees(in full or in part), that SG should not have had to pay in the first place.

    This is my legal understanding of it, and once again another sensationalised piece of writing to get hits and put an individual in bad light.

    If my understanding is incorrect please feel free to explain why…

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