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Footballer head butted girlfriend

Glasgow Sheriff Court
The court heard the couple were expecting their first child

A footballer who head butted his girlfriend in a late-night row has been ordered to do 80 hours community service.

Ross County player Adam Strachan attacked Laura McDermott, 20, in Glasgow's Buchanan Street Bus Station, the city's sheriff Court heard.

The 22-year-old had originally denied the assault but the incident was caught on CCTV.

At an earlier hearing, Strachan, of Inverness, admitted the assault.

Sentencing Strachan, Sheriff Pamela Bowman told him: "I look very badly on a man head butting a woman.

"It's completely unacceptable and the consequences could have been much worse."

I wouldn't do that to a lassie
Adam Strachan
During police interview

Prosecutor Gillian Murphy told the court the couple, who are now expecting their first child, were on a night out with the midfielder's brother and sister-in-law when the attack took place on 1 February.

Miss Murphy said: "At 1.30am the accused and the complainer left the other couple and went to Buchanan Street Bus Station to get a taxi.

"At around 2am, witnesses who were on duty as security officers observed them on CCTV.

"They appeared to be arguing and thereafter they saw the accused seize the complainer by her wrists, pulling at her and head butting her before forcing her to the ground."

Police were called and Strachan was later interviewed.

'Deeply ashamed'

Officers asked him if he assaulted Miss McDermott and he replied: "I didn't assault her, I grabbed her".

Police told him about the CCTV footage and asked if he had head butted her and he replied "I didn't head butt her, I wouldn't do that to a lassie".

Miss McDermott had bruising and swelling to her eyes but refused medical treatment.

Defence lawyer Bill McClusky told the court his client was ashamed of what he had done.

He said: "He is not very proud of his actions that night. He stands before the court deeply ashamed and wishes to make it clear that he's willing to take responsibility for his actions.

"The difficulty between the two appears to be that they were living apart."

Mr McClusky added: "The impact this has had on his career may still be felt by him. His contract with the club is up for renewal in May."

He said Strachan hoped to focus on his career and support his family.



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