December 5 2013 Latest news:
Colin Adwent and Jane Hunt
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Former Ipswich Town midfielder Guraine N’Daw’s agent has told of the player’s relief after he was found not guilty of a domestic assault charge.
N’Daw is now looking to get back to playing football and has not ruled out a return to Portman Road after his season-long loan spell from French club St Etienne ended on June 30.
The 29-year-old was cleared of actual bodily harm on his wife Bigue Ndiaye N’Daw after she failed to turn up to give evidence yesterday on the first day of his Ipswich Crown Court trial.
The Senagalese international’s agent Pierre Frelot said: “He is very relieved and he’s very happy. Now he wants to think only about football and get back to playing very quickly.
“I must say the club (Ipswich) and the people at the club have been very supportive. It was very, very important to him.
“He did his best for Ipswich and it was very difficult for him to have this court case.
“Since there is no (longer a) charge against him it is a very, very positive position. Now he will be able to sign for a club. I think he will find a new club very soon.”
Mr Frelot added that N’Daw was pleased to have walked out of the court with his reputation intact.
“It’s very important. Since he is a public figure it is very important to him. It is difficult to have this kind of thing happen when you are a public figure. He loves his family, his wife and his daughter.”
N’Daw, formerly of Neptune Square, Ipswich, had denied assaulting his wife on March 15.
In court yesterday prosecutor Robert Sadd was forced to apply for an adjournment after being told that Mrs N’Daw had not travelled to Ipswich from her home in France because her daughter is due to have an operation today.
Defence barrister Michael Edmonds objected to an adjournment on the grounds that Mrs N’Daw had repeatedly made it clear that she did not support the prosecution.
She had also told police the day after the alleged assault that what had happened was an accident.
Mr Edmonds said Mrs N’Daw had also made a withdrawal statement in May. He said N’Daw had been unable to further his career because football clubs were reluctant to take him on while the court proceedings were hanging over him.
Mr Edmonds added that since the alleged incident in March his client’s wife had served divorce papers on him. When Judge John Devaux refused to adjourn the case Mr Sadd offered no evidence. The judge then directed a not guilty verdict be entered on the court record.