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Football coach jailed for punching man in Kirkcaldy

Tolbooth Street, Kirkcaldy Image copyright Google

A football coach who assaulted a 60-year-old man, who later died, has been jailed for two years.

Grant Gay broke Lawrence Wallace's jaw after hitting him with a single punch in Tolbooth Street in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on 20 March 2015.

Gay stood trial in March 2017 at the High Court in Edinburgh originally charged with culpable homicide.

Jurors acquitted him on the charge of killing Mr Wallace but convicted him on a charge of assault to severe injury.

When medical staff arrived, they found that Mr Wallace had fractured his jaw and had suffered a cardiac arrest. He later died in hospital.

The court also heard Mr Wallace had significant health issues which could have resulted in him collapsing and death.

The court was told Gay and his wife Ashley had been at the town's Wheatsheaf Bar drinking cider and trying to raise money for his football team, the Fife-based Kingdom Athletic.

The couple left and went home but Gay said he was going back to the pub after leaving a score sheet there.

Mrs Gay told the court she told her husband that she thought she had seen Mr Wallace make a rude hand gesture. The court heard Gay found Mr Wallace and punched him.

The attack was captured on CCTV camera and paramedics were called.

Judge John Morris QC told Gay that a prison sentence was the only available option.

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