Ex-Owls striker assaulted girlfriend

Nile Ranger in action for Sheffield Wednesday
Nile Ranger in action for Sheffield Wednesday
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Former Sheffield Wednesday star Nile Ranger has admitted pulling his girlfriend’s hair during a row on a night out in Newcastle.

The much troubled ex-Owls loanee was handed a 12-month community order after admitting common assault on Shakira Bicar outside the city’s Gate entertainment complex on March 13.

Witnesses to the assault said the 21-year-old, who was released by parent club Newcastle United earlier this year following a series of off-pitch problems, was heard saying “I’m going to grab her.”

During the struggle she kicked his leg before he pulled her by the hair to a nearby car park.

At the hearing at Newcastle Magistrates Court, Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said Ranger, who is currently without a club, “regrets his behaviour and apologises for it”.

“He has paid a heavy price for this,” said Mr Forrester.

“He has had to leave Newcastle United by way of settlement. It was not something he wanted to do.

“He brought it upon himself, he has to move on with his life.”

Ranger, who made eight appearances and scored two goals for Wednesday last season, will do 120 hours unpaid work, pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

Mr Forrester added that Ranger hopes to resume his football career this summer.