Boxer locked up

Har­ri­son ex­tra­dited by Span­ish po­lice

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Staff re­porter

Cam­bus­lang boxer Scott Har­ri­son has been im­pris­oned in one of Spain’s tough­est jails.

The fighter left Scot­land last week, and has been taken to Soto del Real prison, near Madrid, fol­low­ing a brothel brawl in 2007.

The for­mer WBO feath­er­weight cham­pion was sen­tenced to four years by a court in Malaga in 2012, and he lost an ex­tra­di­tion bat­tle ear­lier this month.

The ex-Trin­ity High pupil left Ed­in­burgh Air­port guarded by Span­ish po­lice on Fri­day.

Cam­bus­lang’s for­mer WBO feath­er­weight cham­pion boxer Scott Har­ri­son is be­ing held in a max­i­mum­se­cu­rity jail near Madrid while Span­ish prison bosses de­cide his fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.

The ex-world champ is be­hind bars at tough Soto del Real prison af­ter be­ing ex­tra­dited to Spain from Ed­in­burgh to start a fouryear jail sen­tence over a brothel brawl.

The dad-of-four will un­dergo a de­tailed as­sess­ment over the next few days which will in­clude in­ter­views with the prison psy­chol­o­gist and so­cial work­ers.

A prison board led by the jail di­rec­tor will de­cide his fi­nal des­ti­na­tion once the as­sess­ment is com­plete.

Har­ri­son, of Cam­bus­lang near Glas­gow, lost a last- ditch bat­tle against ex­tra­di­tion last week, dash­ing his hopes of a ring come­back next month.

A Span­ish Prison Ser­vice source said: “Soto del Real jail is a tem­po­rary stop for those fac­ing ex­tra­di­tion from Spain to another coun­try and crim­i­nals and crim­i­nal sus­pects who have been re­turned to Spain as part of ex­tra­di­tion pro­ceed­ings.

“Those who have been ex­tra­dited to Spain go through a de­tailed as­sess­ment af­ter their ar­rival at the prison and the of­fer of a more per­ma­nent prison is made around two months af­ter they are ad­mit­ted.

“The in­mate is usu­ally asked dur­ing the eval­u­a­tion if he has a prison of choice.

“Depend­ing on avail­abil­ity, at­tempts are nor­mally made to ac­com­mo­date that re­quest where the in­mate is a nor­mal pris­oner who is not re­garded as con­flic­tive and has not com­mit­ted a crime that would re­quire spe­cial at­ten­tion.

“One of the fac­tors that could play a part in the in­mate’s de­ci­sion - es­pe­cially a for­eign in­mate - could be the prox­im­ity of the prison to an in­ter­na­tional air­port or his fa­mil­iar­ity with a jail where he has served time be­fore.

“The fi­nal de­ci­sion though al­ways rests with the prison board which com­prises key peo­ple like the prison gover­nor and prison psy­chol­o­gist.”

Har­ri­son was sen­tenced to four years jail by a court in Malaga in Oc­to­ber 2012 for a triple as­sault at a brothel in Al­huarin el Grande near Malaga on May 20 2007.

He was al­ready back in Scot­land by the time he was con­victed and sen­tenced - and was made a wanted man af­ter re­fus­ing re­quests to re­turn to Spain and en­ter jail vol­un­tar­ily.

Har­ri­son has al­ready served 30 months in jails near Malaga and Al­ge­ci­ras in south­ern Spain af­ter be­ing con­victed of as­sault­ing two men in­clud­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer fol­low­ing a booze bender with his un­cle Jack McGill in Oc­to­ber 2006. He was re­leased in Septem­ber 2011.

He was made to do his full sen­tence - with no time off for good be­hav­iour - af­ter re­turn­ing to prison drunk and then get­ting into a fight with another in­mate at the new jail he was trans­ferred to as a pun­ish­ment.

Be­hind bars Scott Har­ri­son flew out of Ed­in­burgh Air­port last Fri­day

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