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Footballer’s wife jailed for glassing pub-goer in “sickening” drunken attack after ‘gay’ jibe led to violence.

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A footballer’s wife has been jailed for glassing a man in a “sickening” booze-fuelled attack.

Mum-of-three Liane Wilkinson, whose husband Luke plays for League Two side Stevenage, had been necking Champagne at a barbecue before the incident, a court heard.

She left her husband to watch the Euro 2016 match between Germany and Italy while she went to a pub, the White Swan in Dunstable, with a friend.

A hearing at Luton Crown Court was told that inside the pub she began “bantering” with the victim, Matt Deanus, accusing him of being gay.

When he responded by saying he would show her how gay he was, she threw her wine over him and violence ensued, the court heard.

Prosecuting, Isabel Delamare said: “He threw drink over her and she then threw a glass on his head. It shattered on his forehead and bleed a lot.”

The attack left Mr Deanus with two permanent scars – one on the upper side of his forehead and another on his right eyebrow.

Luke Wilkinson, 27, was in the public gallery as his wife was sentenced to three years in prison, having been found guilty of wounding with intent on the evening of July 2, 2016.

The 34-year-old had admitted the lesser charge of wounding. She said she had drunk a lot and she said the glass had slipped.

In 2004 she received a conditional discharge for an assault, the court heard.

Defending, Nick Bonehill said she was the primary carer for her three children.

He said she had expressed nothing but “shame and remorse” and was “absolutely petrified” about the outcome of the sentencing.

He added: “Her actions are wholly out of character and will have a devastating effect on others. She is mortified. She has expressed genuine remorse and apologises for what happened.”

Mr Bonehill said her stupid actions for a few seconds had turned her life upside down.

He said: “The offence was completely out of character. She made a very big mistake. It is not the way she would normally act. She will not be in trouble again. She is not a risk to the public.”

Wilkinson, who wore a white blouse in the dock, brushed away tears as Recorder Jason Beer QC sent her to prison.

He said: “Glassing somebody is perhaps one of most sickening acts of drunken violence we sees in courts. Their effects are ugly and they are sometimes life changing. It was a crowded pub and you were significantly under the influence of alcohol.”

He said he could reduce the five-year starting point for the offence because she is the primary carer for the children, had shown remorse and delivered only a single blow.

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Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad

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Egypt Football Federation has leave out Mohammed Salah on the upcoming AFCON qualifiers match with Kenya due to injury worries.

Egypt were grouped with kenya, Togo, Comoros in Group G, football fans has tipped Egypt to top the group due to their attacking threat.

The Egyptian talisman has now been ruled out of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers after due assessment by Egypt’s medical team.

The physios believe the Liverpool star’s injury, which was sustained from a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury earlier last month, has been aggravated during the clash against Manchester City and needed time to heal.

The Egyptian frontman will miss the two matches scheduled this week.

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Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures

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Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.

It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.

But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.

These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.

Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.

The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.

The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.

In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey

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