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Ex-boxer Harrison jailed in Spain

Scott Harrison
Harrison was released early from Barlinnie in December

Former boxing champion Scott Harrison has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison by a court in Spain.

Harrison was detained by officers from the country's National Police when he landed at Malaga Airport on Thursday.

The 31-year-old was found guilty of attempting to steal a car and assaulting two men in the vehicle as well as a policeman in October 2006.

He spent five weeks in a maximum security Spanish jail after his initial arrest near Malaga.

Harrison had a glittering career in boxing, becoming WBO featherweight champion in 2002 and subsequently defending it successfully.

But he has faced problems with alcohol, drugs and depression, and in 2006 he was declared bankrupt, stripped of both his WBO title and his licence to box for bringing the sport into disrepute.

He was jailed in Scotland last year after admitting drink driving, assault and breaching bail conditions.

Harrison was released from Glasgow's Barlinnie prison in December, after serving four months of a eight-month sentence.

A judge in Spain issued an international arrest warrant after he failed to attend court last September, when he was serving time in Barlinnie.

Harrison, who is battling to get his boxing licence back, was found guilty of the attempted robbery and assaulted, after a drinking binge with his late uncle in October 2006.



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