Saturday 24 June 2017

Judge rules Scottish footballers raped mother of one and must pay £100k

David Goodwillie in action for Dundee United Getty
David Goodwillie in action for Dundee United Getty

Lucinda Cameron

David Goodwillie will not be selected to play for Plymouth until the club has considered a court judgment which ruled he and a former team-mate raped a woman.

The former Scotland international striker and his ex-Dundee United team-mate David Robertson have been ordered to pay £100,000 damages to the woman despite never facing a criminal trial.

Goodwillie was accused of serious sexual assault against a young woman in Armadale, West Lothian, in January 2011 but the charge was dropped in July that year.

Robertson was also questioned in connection with the incident.

The woman had originally sought £500,000 in compensation but damages of £100,000 were agreed in the civil action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

In his judgment, Lord Armstrong said: "Having carefully examined and scrutinised the whole evidence in the case, I find the evidence for the pursuer to be cogent, persuasive and compelling.

"In the result, therefore, I find that in the early hours of Sunday January 2, 2011, at the flat in Greig Crescent, Armadale, both defenders took advantage of the pursuer when she was vulnerable through an excessive intake of alcohol and, because her cognitive functioning and decision-making processes were so impaired, was incapable of giving meaningful consent; and that they each raped her."

League Two Plymouth said in a statement: "We note today's judgment from the Court of Session in Edinburgh regarding David Goodwillie.

"We await the full report, which we will consider in detail before making any comment.

"Until such time, David Goodwillie will not be selected to play for Plymouth Argyle."

Robertson currently plays for Scottish League Two side Cowdenbeath.

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