Pro­fes­sional foot­baller guilty of at­tack on woman

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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.

Ric­cardo Calder

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