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Motherwell boss reveals stress of domestic abuse case

Cleared last week, the football manager said work had kept him going.

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Motherwell football manager Stephen Robinson has spoken of the stress on his family after he was charged with domestic abuse.

Robinson was cleared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Friday of assaulting his partner after being arrested in the capital in December.

When asked how difficult the last few months had been, Robinson said: “Personally, very hard. Obviously it was a personal issue.

“It was very stressful on all my family and everyone involved in it.

“But justice has been done and we can draw a line under it.”

The football boss said his work had helped him through a difficult few months since proceedings began.

He said: “Coming to work and fully concentrating on the team and trying to keep things going was the good bit.”

Robinson, 45, was cleared of assaulting his girlfriend Robyn Lauchlan, 28 and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards her.

He was accused of grabbing, pushing and pinning Ms Lauchlan against a fence on Waverley Bridge in the capital on December 13 last year.

During the trial, Ms Lauchlan told the court she started the incident by becoming distressed because Robinson did not intervene when a man swore at her.

Ms Lauchlan criticised domestic abuse law in Scotland as she told the court prosecuting Robinson was “unfair and wrong”.

She said moves to prosecute in domestic abuse cases regardless of whether the alleged victim wants to press charges were “incredibly damaging to innocent people”.