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Thursday, 9 December, 1999, 13:08 GMT
Probation for Holdsworth

Dean Holdsworth Holdsworth and his wife are now reconciled


Soccer star Dean Holdsworth has been ordered to serve 18 months probation and attend a domestic violence programme for punching his wife.

The Bolton striker punched mother-of-two Samantha Holdsworth on the lip after she had seen him dancing with another woman at a charity gala dinner dance.



Mr Holdsworth doesn't attempt to condone in any way what he has done and greatly regrets his action.
Defence solicitor Mike Hagerty
Southport Magistrates heard he had acted in retaliation after she had twice lashed out at him.

Prosecutor Angela Conlan showed magistrates a photograph of the injuries to 30-year-old Mrs Holdsworth who needed a local anaesthetic and stitches to her mouth.

"In effect it was retaliation for the earlier incident about a minute before on the dance floor," she said.

Holdsworth, of Chatburn, Lancashire, had pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm on 30 August at Formby Hall Golf Club on Merseyside, yards from his former home.

A charge of grievous bodily harm was withdrawn by the prosecution at a previous hearing.

Chair of the bench Mrs Catherine Bowden told the 31-year-old that he would serve 18 months on probation and would have to attend a domestic violence programme run by Lancashire County Council Probation Service, as well as paying 80 costs.

The court heard that Holdsworth and his wife were now reconciled, but their relationship was strained as he worked in Bolton, a long way from his wife and children, who currently live in Essex.

Speaking after the case on Holdsworth's behalf, defence solicitor Mike Hagerty said: "Mr Holdsworth doesn't attempt to condone in any way what he has done and greatly regrets his action.

"He would however wish to point out that his wife did not wish this case to proceed and it did so only on the instigation of the Crown Prosecution Service in a case where the only evidence against Mr Holdsworth was his own admissions."

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