Professional footballer guilty of attack on woman
A professional footballer was yesterday found guilty of attacking a woman after her car bumped into the back of his vehicle.
Riccardo Calder, 22, kicked and punched the 24-year-old woman and also swung a shoe at her leaving her with “significant” injuries.
The Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder knew the victim and met her at a club on May 7 this year in the King’s Heath suburb of Birmingham.
He dropped her off at her car in the early hours of the morning and she began following him along the road.
However, he saw red after she collided with the back of his motor.
They both drove further along the road to a pub car park and when Calder approached her vehicle he began punching her several times through the open window.
When she got out of her car, he continued the attack by kicking her and swinging a shoe at the victim.
The “sustained” attack was recorded on a nearby CCTV camera.
Calder went on trial accused of assault at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court this week. He was found guilty yesterday and will be sentenced on December 4.
Following the hearing, Samantha Morgan, from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “The assault has left the victim with significant injuries and as the defendant was known to the victim, identification was not an issue.
“The court did not accept the defendant acted in selfdefence due to the attack evidenced by the CCTV. The clarity of the CCTV supported the CPS case.”
Graham Rae, chairman of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, declined to comment.