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Monday, 12 September 2011

Scott Harrison a free man again


Glasgow's former WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison has been freed from jail in Spain after spending 2½ years behind bars. Harrison, 34, was a highly decorated but much troubled boxer whose descent towards incarceration seemed sadly predictable. It will be interesting to see if he has anything left to offer the sport. The Scottish Sun newspaper snapped Harrison on his release from Botafuego prison near Algeciras and 'The Real McCoy' told them, "It's great to be a free man." The father of three was imprisoned in 2009 for attacking a policeman and a member of the public near his holiday home near Malaga. Harrison evenutally admitted attacking factory worker Jose Manuel Ortega, 39, in a rather misguided and allegedly drink-fuelled attempt to steal his car. The police officer claimed he had been left with a debilitating eye injury after the incident. Harrison's uncle, Jack McGill, was also arrested over the incident but failed to appear at a court hearing. An international warrant was issued for his arrest. McGill's body was found hanging from a tree in woods south of Glasgow in May 2008. Alcohol always appears to be at the root of Harrison's well publicised problems, which have also included a drink-driving conviction, a fight in a brothel on the Costa del Sol in 2007, and a two-month sentence for assaulting his then girlfriend (now fiancee) Stacey Gardner and a police officer in Cambuslang. On his release he met Stacey, two-year-old son Jack, mum Agnes and his father and well respected trainer, Peter.


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