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David Goodwillie assault trial adjourned again

Glasgow Sheriff Court
Image caption David Goodwillie denied a charge of assault at Glasgow Sheriff Court

Scotland and Blackburn striker David Goodwillie has had his assault trial adjourned again.

The 22-year-old denies attacking John Friel in Queen Street, Glasgow, on 3 November 2010.

He is accused of repeatedly punching Friel on the head and body and kicking him on the body to his injury.

Mr Goodwillie was due to stand trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court but his lawyer said that the trial could not proceed due to a lack of co-operation.

Defence QC Paul McBride told the court there had been a lack of co-operation from Friel and Matthew Flynn.

'Refused co-operation'

He said: "The complainer in this case and another witness Matthew Flynn have refused to co-operate in the precognition process and in light of that, an application was made to Sheriff McFarlane for them to be precognised on oath tomorrow before a sheriff in Glasgow."

Sheriff Stuart Reid granted the adjournment and a new trial date was set for April.

At a previous hearing defence lawyer Liam O'Donnell requested information about a separate court case regarding Friel.

It was previously reported that Friel and his co-accused Matthew Flynn admitted assaulting two Dundee United players during the same incident.

Friel was ordered to serve 240 hours community service and Flynn, 190 hours.

Competitive debut

Mr Goodwilllie made his competitive debut in December 2005 with Dundee United, appearing as a late substitute in the defeat over Rangers at Ibrox.

He has represented Scotland at all international youth levels since appearing in 2005 and received his first call-up for the senior team in November last year.

The striker signed a four-year deal in August with Blackburn Rovers and scored his first goal for the team against Kilmarnock.

Mr Goodwillie scored a penalty kick in the 66th minute against Spain in Jose Rico Perez stadium on 11 October, hours before travelling back to make his first court appearance in relation to this case.

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