WAG smashed glass over footballer’s head for kissing another girl
‘The relationship was clearly toxic’
A WoMAn smashed a glass over her footballer boyfriend’s head after she caught him kissing another woman in a nightclub.
Lauren Dinse, 31, struck former Aberdeen player Josh Walker with the tumbler when she spotted him in a romantic clinch with a woman at Lulu in Edinburgh last December.
Dinse left the midfielder bleeding heavily from a deep gash to his head and he was taken to the city’s Royal Infirmary for treatment, where he received 11 stitches to the wound.
Dinse, who has two children with Walker, admitted the attack when she appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month and she returned to the dock for sentencing yesterday.
neil Martin told the court his client had been in an abusive relationship with the footballer and she had suffered ‘emotional and physical abuse’ by him.
Mr Martin said Walker had recently become ‘more vindictive’ towards Dinse and that she had been ‘subjected to abusive behaviour’.
The lawyer said the ‘abuse’ suffered by his client included Walker being unfaithful to her and the footballer spiking her drink with medication after he had contracted a sexually transmitted disease.
Mr Martin said Dinse, a receptionist, had been ‘under the influence of alcohol’ at the time of the glassing and she had spent ‘a harrowing’ weekend in the cells following the incident.
The court was also told Dinse is now seeking help from the Women’s
Aid organisation and has been ‘remorseful’ about the attack.
He added: ‘The narrative in the case was that the complainer Mr Walker was standing speaking to another female but what can be seen clearly [in the CCTV] is that he is kissing another female.
‘This does not justify what she did but it adds some context. But the relationship was clearly toxic and is now over.’
Sheriff Adrian Cottam said: ‘The information that has come out since does not excuse your actions, which could have been even worse for Mr Walker but fortunately they weren’t.’
He ordered Dinse to be placed on an offender’s supervision requirement for the next 12 months as an alternative to custody.
Walker, 30, recently retired from the game due to a knee injury and is remembered by Aberdeen fans for scoring for the Dons against Bayern Munich in a UEFA Cup match at Pitoddrie in 2008.
He also played in the English Premiership for Middlesbrough at 17 and captained England at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.
‘Remorseful’: Lauren Dinse
Gash to head: Josh Walker