FROM TV STAR TO JAILED BRUTE

Thug at­tacked with glass

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Court re­porter

A one- time promis­ing foot­baller who was marked out for star­dom in a TV show fronted by Wayne Rooney is cur­rently serv­ing a four-year jail sen­tence af­ter at­tack­ing some­one in an English pub.

The Re­former can re­veal that Ryan Wil­son, from Spring­hall, ad­mit­ted a charge of wound­ing with in­tent and vi­o­lent disor­der.

Wil­son was con­victed along­side four other men, in­clud­ing Fraser Gem­mell, 31, of Co­nan Court in Cam­bus­lang.

The 27 year old was drink­ing in Cinnabar Cafe in Steve­nage in July last year when he was thrown out by door staff. Vi­o­lence broke out around 12.40am.

Wil­son, of Strath­more Gar­dens, made off af­ter strik­ing his vic­tim with a glass but cops traced him to a ho­tel.

In 2010, the Re­former re­vealed Wil­son, a tal­ented foot­baller, was set to star in the third se­ries of Sky TV’s Wayne Rooney Coke Zero Street Striker.

At the time, Wil­son was liv­ing in a home­less shel­ter. He said: “This is a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity for me.”

Manch­ester United leg­end Rooney

heaped praise on the for­mer Trin­ity pupil, say­ing: “I was re­ally im­pressed by his tech­nique and touch in the auditions.”

Wil­son spent time on the books of Falkirk and Motherwell and rep­re­sented Scot­land at the Home­less World Cup in 2010 in Rio, Brazil.

Cam­bridge Crown Court heard that Wil­son was work­ing in Steve­nage along­side Gem­mell as well as David Don­ald­son 29, of, Toll­cross, Glas­gow, Adam El­der, 29, of Farm Road, Hamil­ton, and Wil­liam Thom­son, 31, of Cas­tle Walk, Glas­gow.

When the men were found by police, they were wear­ing just their un­der­wear, hav­ing dis­posed of their cloth­ing.

Of­fi­cers car­ried out a thor­ough search of the High Street and a dis­tinc­tive T-shirt Wil­son had been wear­ing dur­ing the in­ci­dent was re­trieved from a bin.

All five pleaded guilty in court and, at Cam­bridge Crown Court, on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 19, they were sen­tenced.

Don­ald­son re­ceived 20 months for vi­o­lent disor­der while Gem­mell, El­der and Thom­son re­ceived 16 months each for vi­o­lent disor­der.

It is un­der­stood friends and fam­ily of the men be­lieve they have been “made an ex­am­ple of.”

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Hay­den Cog­gins said: “At the time of the of­fence there had been a tor­ren­tial down­pour of rain and the High Street was flooded.

“It meant any foren­sic ev­i­dence was lost and washed away from the scene but the quick ac­tions of of­fi­cers meant vi­tal ev­i­dence was se­cured and en­sured that the of­fend­ers were lo­cated quickly.

“I hope these sen­tences send home a mes­sage that vi­o­lence will not be tol­er­ated and we will act to ar­rest of­fend­ers and bring them to jus­tice.”

Caught Wil­son’s mugshot af­ter he was ar­rested by Hert­ford­shire Police

Go­ing places Ryan Wil­son with Wayne Rooney when he ap­peared on TV back in 2010

20 months Don­ald­son

16 months Thom­son

16 months Gem­mell

16 months El­der

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