Ex-female boxing champion, 23, who battered a woman spared jail
Ex-female boxing champion, 23, who battered a woman in violent row over a cocaine deal is spared jail
- Vicky Glover punched Stacey Allen during a row at flats in Lanarkshire in 2019
- The 23-year-old was and Ms Allen were having a heated argument over cocaine
- Former boxing champion Glover avoided jail but will be tagged for five months
A former boxing champion who battered a woman in a violent row over a cocaine deal in Lanarkshire has been spared jail.
Vicky Glover, 23, punched Stacey Allan during a heated argument at a block of flats in Hamilton in December 2019 over the class A drug.
Glover, the first Scots woman boxer to be selected for the Commonwealth Games in the 54kg category in 2018, went to the flats with co-accused Kenneth McMahon, 49, to confront Ross McKnight over cocaine.
Mr McKnight, who is now deceased, and Ms Allen were both stabbed in the leg by McMahon before they fled the scene.
Ms Allen told Hamilton Sheriff Court she heard Glover demand the knife from McMahon to ‘finish her off’ and that she had no idea she had been knifed until she took her leggings off.
Glover (pictured on the right) was the first Scots woman boxer to be selected for the Commonwealth Games in the 54kg category in 2018
Vicky Glover, 23, punched Stacey Allan during a heated argument at a block of flats in Hamilton in December 2019 over the class A drug
McKnight refused to cooperate with the investigation into the attack, but told a police officer a different version of events which was noted and used against the pair.
Glover, who won a bronze medal at the 2019 under-22 European Championships, and McMahon denied all wrongdoing. McMahon, who has a criminal record spanning 20 years, told jurors he was not responsible for the attack and denied all knowledge of a dispute over drugs.
When asked if he had gone to ‘sort out the problem’, he said: ‘Absolutely not, I had nothing to do with this.’
Giving evidence to depute fiscal Chloe O’Hara, Ms Allan told the court how she had been attacked by Glover and stabbed by her accomplice.
‘Vicky punched me as soon as she came into that close, in fact as soon as Vicky and Ken came into that close the violence started,’ she told the court.
‘I felt the injury but had no idea I had been stabbed and thought I was just getting punched and didn’t realise there was an actual knife. I didn’t think Ken would have done something like that to me.
‘My full leg was hanging open and when I took my leggings off the skin just all fell apart.’
Glover, who won a bronze medal at the 2019 under-22 European Championships, denied all wrongdoing
The case was heard at Hamilton Sheriff Court in Scotland (pictured)
The court heard McKnight sent prosecutors a letter before he died from HMP Addiewell, insisting Glover and McMahon were not responsible for the attack.
It read: ‘I have known Ken and Vicky for years. They arrived after I had been attacked, I know what the people who attacked me look like and would identify them again if given the chance.’
Neal McShane, defending Glover, said: ‘She was convicted of a much lesser charge than she originally faced, there was swelling to the side of the head..’
Elspeth Forrest, defending McMahon, said: ‘He appreciates the serious nature of the matter.’
Jurors convicted Glover, of Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, of punching Allan to her injury following a four-day trial.
McMahon, of Hamilton, was found guilty of stabbing both Allan and McKnight to their severe injury.
Sheriff Andrew McIntyre told Glover: ‘You are in a very different situation because the jury acquitted you of the most serious elements of the charge you faced and were convicted of assault.
‘Your record is not so serious that I can’t consider an alternative to prison and I’m satisfied that is appropriate but if you don’t comply you will be arrested, brought back to court and sent to prison.’
Sheriff McIntyre said Glover had ‘crossed’ the threshold for prison, but tagged her for the next five months as a direct alternative.
McMahon was jailed for four years and will be under supervision for two years upon his release.
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