Gers star Kenny: My wife was dragged about the car park

Both Millers tell court their friend ‘ab­so­lutely did not have a knife’

Daily Record - - NEWS - I was in­jured, I had a scar on my face and my leg and my head was cut DAVID MEIKLE re­porters@dai­

RANGERS star Kenny Miller has told a court how his wife Laura was in­jured when she was “dragged about a car park” dur­ing a brawl at a res­tau­rant. The striker, 37, gave ev­i­dence yes­ter­day dur­ing the trial of his close friend Wil­liam Steele, who de­nies be­ing in pos­ses­sion of a knife dur­ing the in­ci­dent in Both­well, La­nark­shire, in Septem­ber last year. The 36-year-old, of Ea­gle­sham, near Glas­gow, also de­nies al­le­ga­tions he be­haved in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner while bran­dish­ing a blade. Miller told Hamilton Sher­iff Court he and Laura left Da Lu­ciano’s af­ter an “in­ci­dent” in­side. He added: “Laura was not in­jured in­side but af­ter what hap­pened out­side. She had a cut above her eyes. Her arms and legs were grazed, bruised and scraped as a re­sult of get­ting dragged about a car park.” Miller said Steele, who they call Billy, ar­rived five min­utes af­ter Laura was at­tacked to pick up the cou­ple. He de­nied his friend was bran­dish­ing a knife. The foot­baller told ju­rors: “He saw my wife’s eye was cut and went to speak to her. He opened the back door and she jumped in. “He asked if I was OK, I jumped in as well and we left. He was there for 30 or 40 sec­onds. “I have a de­cent mem­ory, to be fair, so I have a de­cent rec­ol­lec­tion of what went on. He ab­so­lutely did not have a knife.”

Laura ear­lier broke down as she told the court she was bat­tered in a brawl af­ter her hus­band was taunted over los­ing an Old Firm derby.

The 29-year-old said the cou­ple went to the res­tau­rant af­ter Miller played for Rangers in a 5-1 de­feat against Celtic.

She said trou­ble flared af­ter a man told her to “ask Kenny what the score was”.

Laura told ju­rors she feared an in­ci­dent and pleaded with Miller to leave – but he pre­ferred to wait on Steele, at whose home they had ar­ranged to stay over that night.

She claimed vi­o­lence erupted when a wo­man with links to Da Lu­ciano’s, Stacey O’Don­nell, 28, and her boyfriend came over.

Laura said: “Her boyfriend was ask­ing Kenny to go out­side and that he was go­ing to do things, so we got up and left.”

She added a “com­plete rammy” erupted out­side the venue be­fore Steele ar­rived.

A tear­ful Laura added: “I was in­jured, I had a scar on my face, foot­prints on my face and my leg and my head was cut.

“Kenny was there at that point but it all hap­pened re­ally quickly.

“Al­most straight away Billy ar­rived – it wasn’t long af­ter Kenny had helped me up. Billy got out the car. He said, ‘What has hap­pened to you?’, be­fore I got in the car with Kenny and we left.

“Billy didn’t walk to­wards any­one and the only per­son he spoke to was me.

“He ab­so­lutely did not have a kitchen knife in his hand and was only there for a cou­ple of min­utes.

“I’m not here to do Billy a favour, I’m here to tell the truth.”

The trial con­tin­ues.

WIT­NESS Laura Miller ar­rives at court yes­ter­day. Pic: Sam Hardie/ Pressteam EV­I­DENCE Kenny Miller leaves court yes­ter­day

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