A FORMER BOYS FOOTBALL coach admitted a vicious assault on the goalkeeper for East Thurrock United in a dispute over a woman.
Magistrates at Basildon magistrates court heard that taxi driver, David Stewart, 34, Abbotts Drive, Stanford-le-Hope, a former coach at the Ryman Premier football club, got into an argument in Southend Road, Stanford-le-Hope on the 16th May, this year, with the club’s star goalkeeper, Richard Wray.
Prosecuting, James Burnham told the court that Stewart struck the goalkeeper several times. Mr Wray then ran away to a nearby service station. Stewart pursued him and continued the attack, leaving Mr Wray with a number of bruises to his head and body.
Father-of-two Stewart, dressed smartly in court and accompanied by his long term partner had initially pled not guilty at a previous hearing but the court heard that he changed his plea after viewing CCTV footage.
Stewart was sentenced to a community order for 12 months and fined £200.