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Harrison admits girlfriend attack

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Harrison is a former WBO featherweight world champion

Former world boxing champion Scott Harrison has been released on bail after admitting an attack on his girlfriend and two police officers.

Harrison, 30, carried out the assaults at his Cambuslang home last month after learning that his uncle Jack McGill, 52, had committed suicide.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, sentence was deferred for background reports.

Harrison will be subject to a home curfew between 1900 and 0700 BST until he returns to court next month.

His not guilty pleas to a breach of the peace and resisting arrest in relation to the incident were accepted by the Crown.

Harrison's co-accused, Christopher Lennon, 21, had his not guilty plea accepted for a breach of the peace.

The grief he felt was pretty overwhelming and he then decided to take a drink and it's a consequence of drinking and being overwhelmed with grief that this incident took place
Phillip McWilliams
Defence lawyer
The court heard how the boxer had been drinking heavily after learning of his uncle's death.

When he returned home a row broke out with his girlfriend, Stacey Gardner, and police were called.

Defence lawyer Philip McWilliams told the court that Harrison "deeply regrets" what happened that day.

"This was quite possibly the worst day of Mr Harrison's adult life," he said.

"A few hours earlier he had been advised that his uncle had committed suicide and this was someone who was not only a blood relative but his best friend.

"Someone who supported him throughout his adult life and trained with him every day.

"The grief he felt was pretty overwhelming and he then decided to take a drink and it's a consequence of drinking and being overwhelmed with grief that this incident took place."


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