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Football coach who admitted domestic abuse may lose post; RANTS AGAINST EX-WIFE REVEALED.

Byline: RON MOORE

A football coach's career is in jeopardy after he was convicted of abusing his ex-wife.

Andrew McNeill, 41, admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner towards his former partner Jane O'Hagan by shouting, swearing and acting aggressively towards her.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard McNeill admitted the offences against her at a property at Tuthill Drive, Erskine, between October 2010 and May 2011.

Procurator Fiscal Depute Frank Clarke explained: "The accused was previously in a relationship with, and was married to, Jane O'Hagan.

"During that period, a witness, who was a neighbour, speaks to what he describes as him regularly hearing shouting and, as he describes it, screaming within the house and garden at his wife.

"He states he heard a regular phrase, 'I'm the f****** boss and I'm the f****** man of the house, I'll do what I want'.

"The neighbour confirms he heard Miss O'Hagan upset and crying, which obviously shows the upset that such behaviour had on his wife."

Defence agent Jonathan Manson said: "They are now on amicable terms.

"This was seven or eight years ago and I am asking Your Lordship to consider granting an absolute discharge.

"He is currently unemployed and a conviction may have an affect on his chances of finding employment.

"He also coaches young children in football and a conviction, even with an admonition, may cause him to lose that post.

"The matter, although serious, is of some antiquity."

However, Sheriff Tom McCartney ruled the matter too serious to be dealt with by way of an absolute discharge and convicted McNeill.

He told McNeill he would be admonished for his crimes - a disposal which means that, although he is given a criminal record, he receives no punishment.

He said: "Having regard to the nature of the offence, I do not consider the passage of time such that it presents an exceptional circumstance as would justify an absolute discharge and, therefore, that is not a step I'm prepared to take.

"You will be admonished in respect of this offence."

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Date:Apr 22, 2019
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