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.

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