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James McClean to be paid £5 a week in compensation from Newcastle fan who damaged his Maserati and punched his dad

By George Jackson

Published 24/07/2015

James McClean of West Bromwich Albion
James McClean of West Bromwich Albion
GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 14: John O'Shea of the Republic of Ireland (L) celebrates scoring the stoppage time equaliser with James McClean and Jon Walters (C) of the Republic of Ireland during the EURO 2016 Qualifier between Germany and Republic of Ireland at the Veltins-Arena on October 14, 2014 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)

A Newcastle United fan who caused criminal damage to a luxury Maserati car owned by West Brom and Irish international footballer James McClean has been ordered to pay the footballer compensation of £5 per week for the next two years.

Aaron Sean Dalton, 28, from Moss Park in Londonderry, pleaded guilty in the city's magistrates' court to causing £945 worth of damage to the car by smashing a rear tail light on the vehicle.

The incident took place outside McClean's family home at Creggan Heights on January 10. Dalton also pleaded guilty to assaulting McClean's father Patrick on the same date.

The court was told that McClean's father was looking after the black Maserati VRM, with a personalised number plate belonging to his son, when the criminal damage and assault incidents took place outside the family home following an earlier incident involving Dalton and a female member of the footballer's family.

The police were called and when they arrived at the scene Dalton was being restrained by member's of McClean's family.

A Public Prosecution Service solicitor told District Judge Barney McElholm that when Mr McClean challenged Dalton about damaging his son's car, Dalton ran at him, punching out. However Mr McClean senior sustained no injuries in the incident outside his family home.

A defence barrister said Dalton regretted his role in the offending and was remorseful for his actions.

Judge McElholm ordered Dalton, who wore a Newcastle United top to the court hearing, to pay the international footballer compensation of £500 at the rate of £10 per fortnight.

On the assault charge the District Judge imposed a three month jail sentence, suspended for eighteen months.

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