Former Manchester United star handed suspended prison sentence for breaking eye socket of a victim

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Former Manchester United star Ronnie WallWork was involved in a 25-second fight at the Jam Works bar in Droylsden, Greater Manchester.

Wallwork punched Alan Mulholland in the face after accusing him of ‘mocking’ his footwear, back in 2019, with Mr Mulholland needing three stitches for a wound to his face and he also suffered facial swelling as well as a bloodshot eye.

Wallwork pleaded guilty to GBH at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court and was handed an 18-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

Judge Tina Landale slammed the ‘brutal attack’ of Mr Mulholland, and said it was ‘out of character’ for Wallwork and pal Mr Gardner who are ‘both hard working men’, to be involved in such an act.

She told the pair: “An argument started with your victim which led to you both losing your tempers in a brutal attack on your victim.

“It started when the victim was head-butted by Mr Gardner and was followed by punches from Mr Wallwork, the force of which knocked him back and caused him to fall.

“The incident was somewhat sustained lasting 25 seconds.

“It has had a long lasting effect on your victim leaving him with a fractured eye socket and bruising. The head-butt was used as a weapon and the assault was aggravated by the fact it was in a pub and was committed under the influence of alcohol.

“You are both remorseful and are sorry for what you did and are not just sorry for yourself as is so often expressed in this court. This was out of character for both of you and you are both hardworking men.”