Sunday, 26 April 2009

Scott Harrison has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison by a court in Spain.

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Scott Harrison,former world featherweight boxing champion, was arrested at Málaga airport on Thursday when he got off an Easy Jet flight from Glasgow with his parents. They have told the press that they were aware of a warrant against him, but they did not think it would be acted upon.A warrant had previously been issued for his arrest after he missed a court date last September, and as he has to stand trial in the Málaga provincial court on charges of robbery and of assaulting a policeman and one other in 2006. The recovering alcoholic says he has come back to Spain of his own free will to try and clear up the matter, but he faces up to three years in prison if found guilty. He has already spent five months on remand in the Alhaurín de la Torre prison because of the case and also has had his Costa del Sol home seized by the bank.Scott Harrison has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison by a court in Spain. Harrison was detained by officers from the country's National Police when he landed at Malaga Airport on Thursday.
The 31-year-old was found guilty of attempting to steal a car and assaulting two men in the vehicle as well as a policeman in October 2006. He spent five weeks in a maximum security Spanish jail after his initial arrest near Malaga. Harrison had a glittering career in boxing, becoming WBO featherweight champion in 2002 and subsequently defending it successfully. But he has faced problems with alcohol, drugs and depression, and in 2006 he was declared bankrupt, stripped of both his WBO title and his licence to box for bringing the sport into disrepute. He was jailed in Scotland last year after admitting drink driving, assault and breaching bail conditions.

Harrison was released from Glasgow's Barlinnie prison in December, after serving four months of a eight-month sentence.

A judge in Spain issued an international arrest warrant after he failed to attend court last September, when he was serving time in Barlinnie.

Harrison, who is battling to get his boxing licence back, was found guilty of the attempted robbery and assaulted, after a drinking binge with his late uncle in October 2006.

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