Jock Stein’s nephew involved in hotel assault

Goodwin is the nephew of former Celtic great Jock Stein. Picture: TSPL
Goodwin is the nephew of former Celtic great Jock Stein. Picture: TSPL
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A NEPHEW of legendary Celtic and Scotland manager Jock Stein has been ordered to pay compensation to a barman he assaulted at a plush hotel.

Paul Goodwin, 45, attacked William McLeod in the Torrance Hotel after he was told he would not be served any more alcohol.

Goodwin tried to go behind the bar at the hotel in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, and help himself to more alcohol but threw Mr McLeod against a wall when he tried to intervene.

Mr McLeod hurt his head during the incident and was eventually treated for injuries.

Police were called and Goodwin, of East Kilbride, was arrested on November 12 last year.

He has now appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court and was fined £250, He was also ordered to pay £250 in compensation to Mr McLeod.

Goodwin admitted pushing Mr McLeod and throwing him against a wall to his injury. A not guilty plea to shouting and swearing at Mr McLeod was accepted by prosecutors.

A source said: “Goodwin turned up at the hotel and managed to get one drink before it became obvious he was already under the influence.


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“He tried to get more drink but turned nasty when the barman refused him. He then decided to help himself and and all hell broke loose.”

Goodwin, who once had a deal with Celtic to sell savings plans and mortgages to fans, was jailed for nine years in 2002 after it emerged he pocketed £800,000 from clients to keep his financial advisor company afloat.

The embezzlement came to light before he was jailed for another scam in 1997 but it took investigators years to unravel the paper trail he had created to cover his tracks.

Goodwin’s victims included a 73-year-old man who gave him £80,000 to invest for the care of his wife, who had multiple sclerosis.

The parents of an eight-year-old paraplegic boy also gave Goodwin £36,000 to invest to pay for his care.

And a businessman also trusted him with £100,000 for his pension.

Most victims got the majority of their money back but some lost thousands of pounds.

His sentence was later reduced to seven years on appeal and in 2005 it emerged he was working at Dundee Football Club’s Dens Park clearing up litter as he prepared to get his freedom.

Football giant Stein, who died in 1985, managed Celtic during the 60s and 70s leading them to lift the European Cup in 1967, and went on to become the Scotland boss. Goodwin’s dad, John, was the half-brother of Stein’s wife Jean.

Goodwin was unavailable for comment. A spokesman for the Torrance Hotel declined to comment.

Sheriff Ray Small gave father-of-five Goodwin 28 days to pay.


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