Blackburn striker Goodwillie dodges jail despite SECOND assault in less than a year
09:57 GMT, 30 April 2012
Community order: David Goodwillie
Premier League footballer David Goodwillie has been given a community service order for assaulting a man in a city centre.
The Blackburn striker will also be supervised for one year after admitting the attack on John Friel in Glasgow's Queen Street on November 3 2010.
The 23-year-old Scotland international repeatedly punched Mr Friel on the head and body and kicked him.
Sentencing him at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Monday, Sheriff Stuart Reid said Goodwillie had been convicted of an assault charge less than 12 months before the Queen Street incident and that he did not seem 'deterred' by a fine and compensation order he had been handed for it.
He imposed a 12-month probation order
on him, with the conditions that he is of good behaviour and is
supervised by a local authority officer.
The order also requires Goodwillie to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work in the community.
Donald Findlay QC, representing Goodwillie, said his client was 'keen to make the most of his talent'.
He said: 'It is difficult for young men who have high profiles thrust upon them. It is sometimes difficult for them to cope.
'I am sure Mr Goodwillie can go on to have a long and successful career in the game of professional football.
'He realises he must learn to deal with situations, even if they are not of his making or instigating.'
Mr Findlay added that Goodwillie would approach any sentence handed to him in a 'positive and constructive way'.
Sheriff Reid said: 'I have taken into account the fact you were convicted of assault just under 12 months before this. The fine and compensation order imposed on you then did not seem to have deterred you, and in fact this matter has escalated in severity.
'I plan to impose a probation order on you for a period of 12 months.'
The sheriff said Goodwillie's sentence of 80 hours of unpaid work had been cut from 90 to reflect his plea of guilty on April 2 this year, before the matter was due to go to trial.
Goodwillie, from Stirling, moved from Dundee United to Blackburn last summer for a fee of about 2 million.