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Thursday, July 2, 1998 Published at 11:06 GMT 12:06 UK


Vinnie Jones sentenced to community service

Vinnie Jones with his wife: Months since attack have been 'terrible'

The footballer Vinnie Jones has been sentenced to 100 hours community service after being convicted of assault.

The Wales international and Queens Park Rangers assistant manager was ordered to pay £400 compensation to Timothy Gear for the attack by St Albans Magistrates' Court.

Jones, 33, was also fined £300 for criminal damage with £65 compensation and £400 costs.

He had been convicted last month of assaulting his neighbour Mr Gear during a row.

The former Wimbledon and Chelsea player was found guilty of causing actual bodily harm to Mr Gear and criminal damage to his mobile home.

Jones 'remorseful'

Vinnie Jones emerged from court with his wife Tanya and said the months since the attack last November had been "terrible for us".

He went on: "It is a worry especially with my position with the club. They stood by me and now hopefully I just want to get on with my life and enjoy my training."

His lawyer, Piers Read, had told the court, that a prison sentence would have ruined the footballer's career.

Mr Read said: "It would finish him because he would be sacked immediately from QPR as assistant manager."

"He is very remorseful is Mr Jones and would willingly apologise to Mr Gear and he does so publicly today through me."

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