Gazza fined for drunken assault
Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been fined £1,000 after he admitted drunkenly assaulting a security guard at a railway station.
Gascoigne, who has battled alcoholism for many years, was fined £600 for one charge of assault and £400 for a drunk and disorderly charge. The former Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was arrested after police were called to Stevenage station in Hertfordshire at around 10.30pm on July 4.
Security guard Jack Sherrington noticed that Gascoigne was staggering towards the railway tracks. Staff tried to help him by putting him in a wheelchair, but he became abusive to Mr Sherrington and used the "c-word" repeatedly, Elaine McMillan, prosecuting, told Stevenage Magistrates' Court.
Ms McMillan said Gascoigne grabbed hold of Mr Sherrington in the neck area - an assault which lasted a few seconds. Mr Sherrington, who was working for a company contracted to First Capital Connect, was uninjured.
The court heard that Gascoigne, of Gateshead, had been in Newcastle visiting his father, who has a heart condition. The court heard that Gascoigne's ex-wife, Sheryl, and children were called to the station and, in her sentencing, Chair of the Bench Carolyn Marsh pointed out that his 17-year-old son was "distressed".
The 46-year-old, who received treatment for alcoholism in an American clinic earlier this year, was originally charged with two counts of assault, one involving his ex-wife, but that charge was dropped.
The packed courtroom looked on as the ex-player, who also had spells at Glasgow Rangers and Lazio, listened to the charges being read to him and entered guilty pleas to assault and drunk and disorderly in a public place.
His lawyer, Gavin Harris, said he had only consumed a small amount of alcohol due to a "combination of stress caused by worry for his father and acute pain from a hip operation six weeks previously".
In a statement outside court, Mr Harris said: "Mr Gascoigne has asked me to say a few words on his behalf. He wants to publicly apologise for his actions that evening. He now wishes to be left alone to carry on with his recovery."
He was also ordered to pay £100 in compensation to Mr Sherrington, court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.