Tayside and Central Scotland

Dundee FC's Kyle Benedictus attacked men in flat

Kyle Benedictus
Image caption The 19-year-old defender admitted punching both the men

A footballer launched a violent attack on two men in a flat yards from his club's home ground, a court has heard.

Dundee FC defender Kyle Benedictus could face jail after admitting that he repeatedly punched the two men at a flat in the city's Tannadice Street.

Benedictus, 19, then shouted "look what you made me do" at ex-girlfriend Hayley Macnamara, who was also at the flat.

The footballer was accompanied at court by Dundee FC chief executive Harry Maclean. Sentencing was deferred.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard that Benedictus turned up at the flat at about 2300 GMT on 2 January. The door was answered by Miss Macnamara.

Fiscal depute David Cobb told the court that she pleaded with him to leave - but Benedictus barged his way past and launched an attack on Daryn Moran and Jamie Ross.

"The accused went straight for Daryn Moran who received several punches in the face and that caused him a cut lip and swelling," he said.

"In the course of all this Jamie Ross also received a punch on the face which had redness as a result."

'Threatening violence'

Mr Cobb said at the same time Benedictus was shouting and swearing at his former girlfriend.

Miss Macnamara called the police and officers found the accused the following afternoon at his home

The court was told he was cautioned and charged at Tayside Police headquarters, but made no reply.

Benedictus, from Dundee, pleaded guilty to a charge of behaving in a disorderly manner, shouting, swearing, threatening violence and committing a breach of the peace at the flat.

He also admitted assaulting Mr Moran by repeatedly punching him on the face to his injury.

Benedictus further pleaded guilty to assaulting Jamie Ross by punching him on the face to his injury.

A not guilty plea to a charge of repeatedly kicking and damaging the front door of the flat was accepted by the Crown.

Sheriff Tom Hughes deferred sentence for a social background report and an assessment of Benedictus's suitability to carry out community service as a direct alternative to a jail term.

Benedictus was released on bail - and banned from contacting or approaching Miss Macnamara or entering Tannadice Street other than for training or matches.

The 19-year-old defender has recently been on loan at Montrose.