Thug who as­saulted Gazza is jailed


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A THUG from Uxbridge who frac­tured the skull of foot­ball leg­end Paul Gas­coigne by knock­ing him down a flight of stairs has been jailed.

Lewis Beard was handed a 23 week jail term for the at­tack, which hap­pened on De­cem­ber 27 last year at a ho­tel in Shored­itch High Street.

The for­mer New­cas­tle, Tot­ten­ham, Ever­ton, Rangers and Eng­land in­ter­na­tional said af­ter­wards that he frac­tured his skull in the fall, and also suf­fered other se­ri­ous cuts and bruis­ing.

Beard, 27 and from The Grove, had orig­i­nally de­nied the as­sault, but changed his plea and was jailed at Strat­ford Mag­is­trates’ Court on Fri­day July 21.

He was also or­dered to pay £7,800 in com­pen­sa­tion and £650 in court costs, af­ter chang­ing his plea from not guilty to guilty.

Days af­ter the at­tack, the foot­baller, known as Gazza, re­vealed the ex­tent of his in­juries when he tweeted: “Hi ev­ery­one I got jumped kicked down the stairs I’ve got 15 stitches in my head I’ve a frac­tured skull 2 bro­ken fin­gers 8 teeth nicked xxxx”

Met Po­lice, who have not named the man at­tacked by Beard, con­firmed the vic­tim re­quired hos­pi­tal treat­ment but was later dis­charged.

Of­fi­cers had been called to the re­ports of a dis­tur­bance at a ho­tel in Shored­itch at around 6.05pm, and were called again a short time later to an­other re­port of a man as­saulted at the same lo­ca­tion.

Of­fi­cers and the Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice at­tended and found a 49-year-old man suf­fer­ing from a head in­jury.

He was taken to an east Lon­don hos­pi­tal and was later dis­charged.

Beard was ar­rested on Jan­uary 13 on sus­pi­cion of ac­tual bod­ily harm.

He was charged with as­sault by beat­ing on May 12, and first ap­peared at Thames Mag­is­trates’ Court on May 26.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Lee Jack­son, from Hack­ney CID, said: “The vic­tim re­quired hos­pi­tal treat­ment af­ter he was knocked down some stairs at the ho­tel by Beard.

“De­spite ini­tially deny­ing the as­sault, he had no op­tion but to plead guilty.

“The cus­to­dial sen­tence passed on by the courts shows that vi­o­lent be­hav­iour will not be tol­er­ated.”

Gazza has been plagued by drink and drug prob­lems through­out his adult life.

Lewis Beard

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