Northern Ireland football star David Healy has been cleared of assault after a key prosecution witness admitted lying in an attempt to blacken his name.
The 33-year-old striker, who scored 34 international goals, walked free from Laganside Magistrates’ Court in Belfast after a judge rejected allegations that he attacked a man in the city centre last year.
District Judge Peter King said he could not be sure the allegations by Conor Crossan were part of a continuing campaign against the former Rangers footballer.
“Quite clearly there is one key issue and that is the credibility of one person.”
Outside court Healy said he felt vindicated and was glad the case was over.
“I am just glad it is all done and that I can get on with my life.”
Healy, who was recently released by Bury FC, said the past year had been difficult, adding: “It has been hard when people falsely accuse you of something. Today I have been acquitted and I am delighted.”