Sheffield Wednesday star Gary Madine has been slammed by a judge for failing to carry out a punishment imposed after he knocked a man unconscious in a pub.
The 20-year-old striker, who signed to the Owls from Carlisle United last month, was sentenced in November to 250 hours of unpaid community work after he pleaded guilty to assault in the pub just down the road from the Cumbrian club’s Brunton Park stadium.
But, Carlisle Crown Court heard, he completed only six-and-a-half hours work – painting a charity shop - before missing all his other appointments.
To make matters worse, prosecuting counsel Kim Whittlestone said, he had failed to keep in touch as he should have done with probation officers, had failed to answer their letters – and had not told them where he was living after his move to Sheffield.
Probation officers were so worried by Madine’s lack of progress they asked for the case to be referred back to the judge for further instructions on what should happen next, she said.
Judge Paul Batty QC, who sentenced the player three months ago, said Madine had done “very little” to obey the court order.
The judge dismissed a plea from defence counsel Glenn Gatland that Madine had done well since his move to Sheffield Wednesday and won two ‘man of the match’ awards.
“I am not really concerned at all as to his success on the football field,” he said. “I am concerned he has not completed very much of the order I made.”
The judge agreed to transfer the order to South Yorkshire Probation Service so Madine can do the work in Sheffield, and told him: “You will complete the work I ordered you to do, and you must understand you have only 12 months to do it.”
The judge warned him if he failed to complete the work he would be hauled back before Carlisle Crown Court. “If that happens it will not be a very happy experience for you,” he added.
Madine was also ordered to pay the £100 costs of the hearing since, the judge said, he had “brought it on himself”.
The court heard Madine acted like a “raging bull” when he punched in the face a man who was helping bar staff throw him out of The Beehive pub in Carlisle.