Dad’s re­lief

Pri­son trans­fer

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

The fa­ther of for­mer box­ing cham­pion Scott Har­ri­son has spo­ken of his re­lief at his son’s re­turn to Scot­land from Span­ish jail.

Peter Har­ri­son was speak­ing on the day it was re­vealed the for­mer Trin­ity pupil was be­ing al­lowed to fin­ish the rest of a four-year sen­tence at Bar­lin­nie.

For­mer world box­ing cham­pion Scott Har­ri­son has seen his four chil­dren for the first time in a year af­ter be­ing trans­ferred from a Span­ish pri­son.

It was re­ported on Mon­day morn­ing that the 38-yearold from Cam­bus­lang would serve the fi­nal three years of his four-year sen­tence in Glas­gow.

The for­mer WBO cham­pion was ex­tra­dited a year ago af­ter he fled from the Costa del Sol fol­low­ing a con­vic­tion for as­sault­ing three men dur­ing a 2007 brawl.

A Span­ish court found him guilty of the at­tack on club boss Fran­cisco Gon­za­lez, con­struc­tion worker Sal­vador Jimenez and Rafael Sainz, who later took his own life.

His chances of get­ting back to Scot­land suf­fered a blow when he lost an ex­tra­di­tion bat­tle.

But his fam­ily have bat­tled tire­lessly to bring him home to be closer to his four chil­dren and his girl­friend Stacey.

And his dad Peter told the Re­former the chil­dren had al­ready been to see Scott.

He said: “They are de­lighted. His fam­ily are grow­ing up and it was im­por­tant for him to see them.

“I’m pleased he is back. It was dif­fi­cult be­ing away from his fam­ily.

“Scott is OK but he will not be in good spir­its un­til he is out.”

Peter, who runs a box­ing club named af­ter his son, said he be­lieved the sen­tence handed down to the for­mer Trin­ity pupil was too long.

“The only rea­son he got a four- year sen­tence is be­cause he is a boxer,”he said. “Box­ers seem to be treated dif­fer­ently.

“He did not get a fair trial and the Scot­tish le­gal sys­tem did not give him much sup­port.”

Har­ri­son burst on to the box­ing scene in 2002 when he won the WBO cham­pi­onship by de­feat­ing Vic­tor San­ti­ago by tech­ni­cal knock-out at Glas­gow’s Brae­head Arena.

Af­ter two suc­cess­ful de­fences he lost his ti­tle in 2003 to Manuel Me­d­ina be­fore win­ning it back at the first at­tempt. He went on to make a fur­ther six de­fences but af­ter bat­tling ad­dic­tion he was stripped of his ti­tle in 2006.

Af­ter serv­ing four months in Bar­lin­nie for drink driv­ing he was sen­tenced to 30 months in jails near Malaga and Al­ge­ci­ras in south­ern Spain af­ter be­ing con­victed of as­sault­ing two men in­clud­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer in Oc­to­ber 2006. He was re­leased in Septem­ber 2011.

He at­tempted a come­back in 2012, win­ning two fights but los­ing a third in 2013.

Glory days Har­ri­son with the WBO belt he first won in 2002

Jailed Har­ri­son ar­rives at court last year

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