Danny Hodgson striker pleads guilty to hitting British football player after party
Relatives of a teenager who pleaded guilty to attacking Perth footballer Danny Hodgson in Perth’s CBD have apologized for the 17-year-old’s actions in court today.
- Teenager pleaded guilty to assaulting footballer Danny Hodgson
- The boy’s relatives apologized for his behavior in court
- Danny Hodgson still faces a long road to a full recovery
The teenager, who cannot be identified, punched the 25-year-old without warning at a party on September 5, causing him to fall backwards and bang his head to the ground.
Mr Hodgson was taken to Royal Perth Hospital with serious head injuries and spent weeks in intensive care.
The teenager pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm in Perth Juvenile Court today and has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance in January.
The court heard that Mr Hodgson had been “very close to death on numerous occasions” and that detailed reports were being prepared of his injuries.
After the hearing, a parent of the teenager apologized to Mr Hodgson.
âI’m sorry my (parent) did this, I don’t know where his head was at the time,â he said.
“I hope you are recovering well and getting back to your normal state.”
A family on a “horrible trip”
Danny Hodgson’s parents said today’s hearing and the teenager confessing to the attack closed a small chapter on the family’s horrific journey.
âWhile we are unable to comment on the legal proceedings, nothing equals the nightmare our son Danny has experienced, nor the challenges he now faces in painstakingly rebuilding his life,â they said.
“We need to allow the legal process to continue and at this point we choose to focus all of our energy on our son and the recovery he so deserves.”
The couple flew to the UK to be with their son shortly after the attack.
In a statement released on November 25, they described their son’s transfer to Fiona Stanley Hospital as a “big step,” but said he still had a long way to go to recover.
âHe has to learn to swallow, drink, eat and finally speak again and this is just the start,â they said.
âHis physical rehabilitation will be exhausting, and we know that with every small step forward there will likely be setbacks.
“But we believe in Danny’s strong spirit and, with the support of his wonderful girlfriend Jess, family and friends, we know he can move forward slowly and painstakingly.”