Ex-AFL star convicted of bashing
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.