Goodwillie lucky to avoid jail

Updated: April 30, 2012

Blackburn Rovers striker David Goodwillie has been sentenced to community service despite a second conviction for assault.

The 23 year-old will be supervised for one year after admitting the attack on another man, which took place on Glasgow’s Queen Street in November 2010.

Goodwillie repeatedly punched and kicked the man following an argument.

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 behavior and is supervised by a local authority officer.

Goodwillie must also undertake 80 hours unpaid community service work.  He was told he will receive a custodial sentence should he commit another offense.

Goodwillie joined Blackburn from Dundee United for £2 million last summer with his solicitor claiming that  “sometimes young men find it hard to cope when fame is thrust upon them.”

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