Track star Liz McColgan cleared of assault charge
Monday, November 21, 2011
ARBROATH, Scotland (AP) -- A Scottish court has cleared former world champion distance runner Liz McColgan of attacking her estranged husband at their home.
The 47-year-old Scot was found not guilty of repeatedly punching the head and body of Peter McColgan on July 12. Peter McColgan represented Northern Ireland as a steeplechaser at the 1986 Commonwealth Games.
The judge at Arbroath Sheriff Court also dropped a charge that she had caused "fear and alarm" by throwing clothes out a window of their home.
Liz McColgan said Monday she is now "totally free of someone who has tried to control everything that I've done and I'm just glad that the judge saw sense."
McColgan won the 1991 world championship title and 1988 Olympic silver medal in the 10,000 meters.