Gazza fined for railway station assault
Paul Gascoigne has been fined £1,000 for assaulting a railway guard and being drunk and disorderly.
The former England midfielder, appearing before magistrates, admitted attacking Jack Sherrington at Stevenage train station on July 4. Assault charges relating to his ex-wife, Sheryl Gascoigne, were withdrawn.
The attack on Sherrington took place just weeks after the ex-Newcastle, Tottenham and Rangers star left a rehabilitation clinic in Arizona, where he was being treated for alcoholism.
The court heard that Sherrington tried to come to Gascoigne's aid after he noticed him staggering towards the railway tracks.
Staff at the station noticed he was drunk and tried to help Gascoigne by putting him in a wheelchair, but he became abusive towards Sherrington, prosecutor Elaine McMillan said. She said Gascoigne grabbed hold of Sherrington in the neck area in an assault which lasted a few seconds.
The guard did not suffer any injuries. The court ordered the former footballer to pay £100 in compensation to Sherrington.
Gascoigne's lawyer, Gavin Harris, said he had only consumed a small amount of alcohol due to a "combination of stress caused by worry for his [ill] father and acute pain from a hip operation six weeks previously". As his client had not drunk alcohol for a significant period of time, the effects were stronger than would have otherwise been the case, Harris added.
The court heard Gascoigne's ex-wife Sheryl and his children were called to the station and his 17-year-old son became "distressed".
Gascoigne was originally charged with two counts of assault, one involving his ex-wife, but that charged was dropped.
Magistrates also heard he was receiving "one to one" treatment for his alcoholism,
Harris said the former footballer was "remorseful". In a statement read outside court, Harris said Gascoigne wanted to "publicly apologise for his actions that evening. He now wishes to be left alone to carry on with his recovery."
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.