Box­ing champ struck men with base­ball bat

Vic­to­ria given com­mu­nity pay­back

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Court re­porter

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

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