Footballer is left to ‘carry the can’ for street assault

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A joint top goal scorer with Holbeach Reserves was left to “carry the can” for a three man assault in Spalding when the other two were given cautions, magistrates heard.

Daniel Atkin was left with injuries including two black eyes, three lumps on the back of his head and bruising when assaulted by Macauley Grimwood (18), of Wignals Gate, Holbeach, and two others.

Prosecutor Marie Stace said Mr Atkin was in a taxi in Red Lion Street when the men walked by – one of them carrying a bottle – and saw fluid coming down the window of the taxi.

He followed, heard someone shout “what’s your problem” and felt a punch to the back of his head.

She described how all three men took part in the assault and read from a statement in which Mr Atkin said “I got a kick in the head”.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens said Grimwood threw only one punch and denied any kicks.

She said: “Macauley Grimwood is the one before the court today carrying the can for the whole incident. We don’t know which injury, if any, Macauley Grimwood’s one blow may have delivered.”

Grimwood was fined £200 and ordered to pay £100 compensation to Mr Atkin as well as £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. He admitted assault by beating on January 5.