Footballer and boxer sentenced for assault


A professional footballer and an amateur boxer have today been sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court after they had both pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Lee Collins, 24, who plays for Northampton Town Football Club, was arrested along with his friend James Mullarkey, 26, on 8 June 2012 following a disturbance at the Station Hotel public house in Wellington, Telford.

Collins was given a 12 month imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, 150 hours unpaid work, tagged curfew for 12 weeks from 20:00 to 06:00 and ordered to pay compensation of £2,500. Mullarkey was jailed for 12 months.

Max Bennett, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"This was an extremely nasty and unprovoked attack on the victim who was out with his wife celebrating their wedding anniversary.

"The victim had asked Collins, who had sat at their table, to move away from them and give them some privacy. Collins objected to this, and he and Mullarkey launched a sustained and brutal attack on the male victim. The door staff intervened and ejected all those involved.

"Once outside, Collins and Mullarkey continue their assault on the victim and it was only after the intervention of the door staff that the attack ceased. The assault left the victim with a dislocated shoulder, cuts and bruises and he was unable to work for 13 weeks.

"Both the defendants had consumed a large amount of alcohol and it seems they were looking for trouble that night. They came across the victim and his wife who were on a night out. Collins decided to goad the victim into a fight by sitting at his table unannounced. What followed was a senseless attack for which they have today been punished for."