Footballer Jon Flanagan given community order for beating up girlfriend


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Jon Flanagan on serve 40 hours community service and is subject to a community commitment for 12 months

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court earlier this month to tired assault by beating of Rachael Wall.

The court heard that he kicked his lover in an criticism in Duke Street in Liverpool city centre at around 3.20am on Friday December 22.

At the ascertaining on January 2 he was given unconditional bail and the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be changed.

District Judge Wendy Lloyd sentenced him on Wednesday to the 12-month community requirement, which will include 15 rehabilitation activity days, 40 hours of unsalaried work, £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

The witness stated he had seen the male rid the female against the wall and then kick her while she was on the floor.

Alan Currums

She communicated: “You are, of course, a young man of previous good character and therefore it’s undoubtedly sad that you keep brought yourself here by your behaviour.”

District Judge Lloyd declared the attack was not just a single act.

“It was a matter of this lady going to the prostrate twice and you used your foot on her on one occasion,” she said.

She added: “The lady was espied to have injuries but of course she said she does not attribute those outrages to you.”

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Flanagan is back together with his girlfriend despite the incident

The court was advertised CCTV of the incident, taken from outside the Il Forno restaurant, which accorded Flanagan hitting Ms Wall before pushing her against a wall twice and then kicking her.

Alan Currums, charging, said a witness had seen the incident from his flat.

He said: “The eyewitness stated he had seen the male throw the female against the wall and then backlash her while she was on the floor.”

He said the man saw Flanagan place one hand on his partner’s neck and one on her throat already he “slammed her against the wall”.

The witness said he shouted from his balcony to Flanagan that he was “out of ask for” and the footballer replied: “Shut the f**k up d***head, I’ll come and knock you out.”

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Flanagan “passionately regrets his behaviour”

Lionel Greig, mitigating, said the incident was pithy but unpleasant.

He said Flanagan was not proud of what had happened and had not enjoyed the “opposing negatively press intrusion” following it.

He said: “He deeply regrets his behaviour and there is original remorse.”

Mr Greig said both parties were under the pull strings of alcohol at the time and there was no suggestion there had been any previous brute in the relationship.

He said: “They are back together and working very flinty at the relationship and supporting one another.”

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