No jail for footballer Marc McNulty's attacker

A MAN who attacked a footballer in a city-centre street has escaped a jail sentence.

Friday, 6th May 2016, 5:19 pm
Updated Friday, 6th May 2016, 7:02 pm
Edinburgh Sheriff Court
Edinburgh Sheriff Court

Jamie Henderson, 22, assaulted former Livingston striker Marc McNulty during a late-night confrontation between two groups of men outside a nightclub.

McNulty, who now plays for Sheffield United, was left with horrific injuries including a fractured cheekbone and eye socket and was forced to undergo reconstructive surgery at St John’s Hospital where he had a titanium plate fitted to his face.

The 23-year-old player, now on loan at Portsmouth, was out with friends at the Devil’s Cut nightclub when trouble broke out in November 2014.

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He was on the phone to his agent when Henderson, from Broomhall Drive, approached him from the side and savagely punched him to the head.

Henderson – who admitted the assault – was sentenced to a 12-month offenders’ supervision requirement and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work during an appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.