Foot­ball fan ‘punched 3 po­lice horses dur­ing riot’

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Con­nor Gor­don

A CELTIC fan punched three po­lice horses dur­ing what an of­fi­cer claimed was the worst riot he had ever seen, a court heard yes­ter­day.

Kevin McGuire, 36, de­nies ‘caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing’ to the horses in Jan­uary be­fore Celtic played Air­drie in a cup game at Park­head.

Sergeant Mark Ste­wart told Glas­gow Sher­iff Court: ‘Air­drie fans were be­ing blocked from get­ting into the ground by Celtic fans. There were fam­i­lies try­ing to get in and there were bricks and mis­siles get­ting flung as well as spit­ting and throw­ing lit cig­a­rettes.’

The of­fi­cer claimed McGuire, from Car­don­ald, Glas­gow, was ‘di­rect­ing oth­ers’ dur­ing the al­leged in­ci­dent.

Sergeant Ste­wart said he saw McGuire at­tack three po­lice horses. He said: ‘I asked him to move and he punched my horse, Oban, on the noz­zle.

‘It was a full blown punch and he also punched po­lice horse Glas­gow on the face.’

Sergeant Ste­wart claimed an­other horse, Ner­ston, was also punched later. He stated he was hit on the leg by McGuire, as was an­other of­fi­cer.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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