Owls star Madine ‘likely’ to be jailed

Sheffield Wednesday player Gary Madine
Sheffield Wednesday player Gary Madine

Sheffield Wednesday star Gary Madine faces jail after being convicted of punching two men in separate nightclub attacks.

Madine, aged 23, shook his head in the dock yesterday after he was found guilty of causing Sheffield United fan Reece Hall grievous bodily harm at Leeds Crown Court.

Gary Madine at Leeds Crown Court. Ross Parry

Gary Madine at Leeds Crown Court. Ross Parry

Earlier in the day he had been found guilty of causing Wednesday fan Daniel Beresford actual bodily harm by a jury after a week-long trial and more than seven hours of deliberations.

Madine, who has a previous conviction for knocking a man out in a Carlisle pub, punched Mr Beresford in the Paris bar on Carver Street, in Sheffield city centre in February last year, breaking his nose.

Four weeks later, he punched bricklayer Mr Hall in nearby The Viper Rooms, shattering his cheekbone.

Madine, of Hillsborough, told the court he hit Mr Beresford after he allegedly threw a drink over him.

He denied attacking Mr Hall after he told him he was a Sheffield United fan.

Madine told the court he saw Mr Hall being attacked as the pair left the toilets in The Viper Rooms, where they had been having a chat.

Madine claimed they were walking back to the bar when a group of four men approached them and one of them hit Mr Hall.

He claimed he had not wanted to get involved and went back to the bar.

But the police were called and when Madine was arrested he lost his temper, telling officers: “I’ll have you all.”

Ian West, prosecuting, told the court: “The prosecution suggest in Mr Madine’s case, he in too much drink turns into an arrogant, violent thug.”

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date for the completion of pre-sentence reports.

Releasing Madine on bail, Judge Rodney Jameson QC told him: “You must understand that an immediate custodial sentence is very likely.”

The judge told the jury of seven men and five women: “I agree with all of your verdicts. I think you’ve got it absolutely spot on.”

Madine has made 100 appearances for Wednesday since joining in January 2011.