Ex-AFL star con­victed of bash­ing

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A DIS­GRACED AFL star who sold his prized footy medals to fund his al­co­hol and gam­bling ad­dic­tion has been con­victed over a hor­rific as­sault of a wo­man who took him in while he was home­less.

For­mer Essendon player An­drew Lovett’s fall from grace was played out in court yes­ter­day as he pleaded guilty to the as­sault, which left his vic­tim bat­tered and bruised.

The court heard Lovett, 35, a recre­ational drug user, re­peat­edly grabbed the young mum by the throat and threw her to the ground at a home in Rye on Au­gust 4 last year, as her baby slept nearby.

The as­sault was sparked af­ter Lovett ac­cused the vic­tim of be­tray­ing him af­ter he went through her text mes­sages and found she had told a friend he sold his footy medals and mo­bile phone to pay for booze and gam­bling sprees.

The court heard Lovett hurled her mo­bile at the floor, grabbed her by the neck and threw her to the ground. Ev­ery time she­got up, Lovett grabbed her and threw her down again.

The court heard the vic­tim hit Lovett in self-de­fence. Lovett then threw her to the couch and held her down. “I was an­gry,” he told po­lice.

A mag­is­trate yes­ter­day let Lovett walk free with just a $2500 fine.

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