Gym boss made threats of vi­o­lence

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A well-known Ruther­glen box­ing coach has been found guilty of stalk­ing and threat­en­ing his ex-wife.

Glas­gow Sher­iff Court heard last week that Archie Durie (left) tor­mented his for­mer lover over a five­month pe­riod be­tween Oc­to­ber 1, 2015, and March 7 last year.

Durie, 55, sent threat­en­ing and abu­sive texts to Laura Durie be­tween Fe­bru­ary 1 and March 31 last year.

He also sat out­side her flat in a car and sent mes­sages sug­gest­ing he was watch­ing her.

Durie was con­victed of a num­ber of in­ci­dents that left Ms Durie in a state of fear and alarm be­tween Oc­to­ber 1, 2015, and March 7, 2016.

On one oc­ca­sion on Kings­burn Drive in Ruther­glen, Durie climbed on his car and be­haved in an ag­gres­sive man­ner to­wards Ms Durie. He also shouted and swore at her.

He also turned up at the vic­tim’s flat to shout and swear at her.

The court also found him guilty of act­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner to­wards Ms Durie at Ka­t­rina’s Cafe in Ruther­glen’s Bal­lochmill Road on July 5, last year.

He was or­dered to re­turn to court for sen­tenc­ing on Sep­tem­ber 12.

The cou­ple mar­ried on Valen­tinie’s Day, 2015, but they lasted less than a fort­night to­gether be­fore sep­a­rat­ing. Durie, of Abbey­dale Way, runs Durie’s Box­ing Gym in the John Hill­house

In­dus­trial Es­tate.

His box­ers have en­joyed ma­jor suc­cess over the years, es­pe­cially at youth level, and he has also worked in lo­cal schools.

But Ms Durie said this week she hoped to see a cus­to­dial sen­tence im­posed, adding: “He shouldn’t be work­ing with kids after this.

“The past 18 months have been very stress­ful. I am thrilled this is over.”

The Re­former un­der­stands Box­ing Scot­land is in­ves­ti­gat­ing Durie but the or­gan­i­sa­tion said this week it would not com­ment on in­di­vid­ual cases.

It is also be­lieved par­ents at Durie’s were in­formed of the con­vic­tion at a meet­ing on Sun­day. The gym re­mains open for the time being.

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