Paul Gascoigne Pleads Guilty to Common Assault and Being Drunk and Disorderly

Ben BlackmoreFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2013

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 31:  Former England football player Paul Gascoigne attends an after dinner charity event function held at the Park Inn Hotel on January 31, 2013 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
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Paul Gascoigne pleaded guilty to one charge of common assault and another of being drunk and disorderly after arriving at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on Monday, reports Sky News.

Former England international Gascoigne was arrested at around 10.30pm on July 4 after police were called to Stevenage rail station.

He was charged with two counts of common assault and one of being drunk and disorderly, although the charge of assault allegedly involving ex-wife Sheryl was dropped.

A fine of £1,000 was handed down for the two offences, and Gascoigne’s total costs rose to £1,245 based on compensation paid to ticket collector Jack Sherrington, whom he assaulted, court costs and a victim surcharge.

Gascoigne has endured a long and public battle against alcoholism, for which he received treatment at an American clinic earlier in the year, according to The Mirror.

The former Tottenham and Lazio star reportedly stayed clean for four months upon completion of his treatment in Arizona, writes Andy Wells of the Daily Star.

In a brief statement, Gascoigne promised the court he will now double his effort to stay off the booze, and asked for privacy to aid his plight.

The incident at Stevenage station came as Gascoigne made the trip to Newcastle to visit his father. According to Piers Eady of the Daily Mirror he got off at Stevenage, where prosecutor Elaine McMillan claims staff realised he was drunk.

Gascoigne’s lawyer Gavin Harris claimed his client had not drunk a huge amount, pointing to the 46-year-old’s lengthy period away from alcohol as the reason for its impact on him that night.

Previously Gascoigne’s celebrity friends have funded his rehab treatments, but it now remains to be seen as to whether he will have to fund his own efforts in the aftermath of Monday’s hearing.