Boxing champ struck men with baseball bat
Victoria given community payback
A teenage boxing champion from Rutherglen who attacked two men with a baseball bat has been given a community payback order.
Victoria Glover, 18, smacked Liam McKechnie with the weapon after “words were exchanged” with him and his friend.
The British champion boxer was then spotted hitting a Ford Fiesta car nearby, after the assault.
Glover and her two friends then went to a newsagents where Mr McKechnie was, where she attacked his friend Robert Connelly with the bat.
The teenager pled guilty to charges of assaulting Mr McKechnie on January 4 on Rutherglen Main Street, hitting the car and assaulting Mr Connelly to his injury.
Sheriff Joseph Platt handed Glover, of Toryglen Road, a community payback order with 200 hours to be completed within nine months and 18 months of supervision.
It was reported earlier this year that Glover was crowned a British female champion of the 54kg weight division.
Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that around 6.30am the two men were walking along Burnhill Road in the Rutherglen area towards Main Street.
They saw Glover and two friends and “words were exchanged” when they passed them.
Procurator fiscal depute Kathleen O’Donnell said: “The now accused had in her possession a baseball bat.
“Glover then approached Mr McKechnie and began to strike him with the baseball bat on the body.
“The witness observed two other females who were also present at this time.”
The men moved past the trio and made their way to a nearby street but saw Glover smacking a white Fiesta “numerous times”, damaging a wing mirror.
Miss O’Donnell said the pair went to a newsagents but the girls also went into the shop, towards Mr McKechnie and Mr Connelly.
She added: “The accused raised the baseball bat striking Mr Connelly to the head and body several times.”
He was cut on the forehead and bruised his left forearm, was taken to hospital but needed no treatment.
Glover was picked up by police later that same day in the local area.
Defence lawyer Paul Kavanagh said: “It happened in an underpass in Rutherglen, it was the two complainers who instigated the assault by tripping up one of her friends that she was with, then kicked the friend when she was on the ground.
“That’s when Miss Glover became involved.”
Mr Kavanagh said she picked up a bat on the ground nearby.
He told the sheriff that she “represents her country” and said she is currently training six days a week.
Community payback Victoria Glover attacked a man with a baseball bat