Olympic Star Liz Accused of Assault on Her Husband

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Olympic Star Liz Accused of Assault on Her Husband


Byline: Jamie Beatson

ATHLETE Liz McColgan appeared in court yesterday accused of attacking her estranged husband before hurling his clothes out of a window.

It is alleged that the 47-year-old Scot punched Peter McColgan repeatedly on the head and body, prodded him and behaved in a threatening and abusive manner.

The alleged incident came only eight months after the former Olympic medallist announced that they were to split 'amicably'.

Arbroath Sheriff Court heard that she allegedly shouted repeatedly before throwing Mr McColgan's clothes down the stairs of their home in Carnoustie, Angus.

It is claimed that she then hurled his clothes out of a window in the alleged incident on July 12 this year.

McColgan denies the charges. At a minute-long hearing at Arbroath Sheriff Court, the athlete, who wore grey trousers and a dark top, spoke only to confirm her name.

Defence lawyer Gary McIlravey asked the court to release McColgan ahead of a trial without the requirement to be on bail.

The trial was to be set for November 10 but Mr McIlravey said: 'I'm told she has a charity event in New York on that date and wouldn't be able to attend here.' Sheriff Derek Pyle instead ordered McColgan to stand trial on November 21. She will also have to attend a pre-trial hearing on November 1. McColgan made no comment as she left court.

An employee at the Liz McColgan Health Club & Physiotherapy Centre, based at the couple's home, said Mr McColgan would not be commenting on the case.

Liz McColgan, under her maiden name Liz Lynch, shot to fame in the 1980s. She won a Commonwealth Games gold medal in Edinburgh in 1986 and an Olympic silver medal at the 1988 Seoul games, both in the 10,000 metres. …

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