Notts County striker Lee Hughes fined after admitting assault charge - sexual assault charge dropped

17:00 25 May 2012

File photo dated 08/02/12 of Notts County footballer Lee Hughes who has been fined after admitting assaulting a woman at a hotel, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday May 25, 2012. The 36-year-old was arrested after police were called to his team

File photo dated 08/02/12 of Notts County footballer Lee Hughes who has been fined after admitting assaulting a woman at a hotel, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday May 25, 2012. The 36-year-old was arrested after police were called to his team's hotel in Croydon, south London, on December 3 last year, the night before his team's FA Cup match against Sutton United. He pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court today to a charge of common assault at the Aerodrome Hotel in Purley Way, the CPS said. Hughes, of Waterside Way, Nottingham, was fined £500 and ordered to pay £120 in prosecution costs. He has 28 days to pay the fine or could face 14 days' imprisonment. A second charge of sexual assault, which Hughes denied, was dropped after prosecution lawyers offered no evidence. See PA story COURTS Hughes. Photo credit should read: Neil Lancefield/PA Wire

Notts County striker Lee Hughes has been fined £500 after admitting assaulting a woman at a hotel in Croydon, south London - but a sexual assault charge has been dropped.

The 36-year-old was arrested after police were called to his team’s hotel on December 3 last year, ahead of the FA Cup match against Sutton United.

Hughes pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court today to a charge of common assault at the Aerodrome Hotel in Purley Way.

He was fined £500 and ordered to pay £120 in prosecution costs.

A second charge of sexual assault, which Hughes denied, was dropped after prosecution lawyers offered no evidence.

A CPS spokeswoman said: “Following a further review of the evidence available in this case, the Crown Prosecution Service has concluded that there is no longer a realistic prospect of conviction for a charge of sexual assault and accordingly we have offered no evidence.

“At Croydon Crown Court today Lee Hughes pleaded guilty to one count of common assault and he has been sentenced to a £500 fine and ordered to pay £120 in costs.”

The footballer, who previously played for West Brom in the Premier League, was jailed in 2004 for causing death by dangerous driving.

Douglas Graham, a 56-year-old father-of-four, died after the striker’s Mercedes car ploughed into the Renault in which he was a passenger.

After Hughes’ release in 2007 he signed for Oldham Athletic before joining Notts County in 2009.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Friday, August 28, 2015
She was playing with her family in Hanworth Park when she was hit by the pellet that could have killed her (Photo: Google StreetView)

The little girl was running from her mother to her grandfather in Hanworth Park when they heard a loud noise like an air rifle shot.

Police say she could have been killed.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Police are investigating a rape in Park Road on Sunday

A crime scene has been set up after a woman reported being raped in Muswell Hill in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Dodgy disguise: The men robbed the pawnbrokers dressed all in black

Two men who dressed in burkas to rob a pawnbrokers in Brixton’s famous Atlantic Road have been jailed for 20 years.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
If you recognise this man, please call  police on 101 and give them reference number 174543 (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

Shocking CCTV footage has been released of a pub brawl which left a man needing stitches after he was glassed on the head.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Robert Andrews spent 30 years with the Met (Picture: Edward Smith)

A former Met police officer who arranged to meet a man claiming to be only 14-year-old on the gay social media app Grindr was caught out by a vigilante group calling itself The Paedophile Squad.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
The house at the end of Huddleston Close

A man has been charged with the murder of his 79-year-old father at his home in Bethnal Green and the attempted murder of two children, including a toddler.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more
Free weekly shop? Yes please!

Win £200 to spend at Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets. Asda prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here.

Read more