Motherwell manager cleared of assaulting girlfriend

Stephen Robinson had been accused of attacking Robyn Lauchlan in Edinburgh just before Christmas.

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has been cleared of assaulting his girlfriend.

He was found not guilty of attacking Robyn Lauchlan, 28, and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards her following a two-day trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Robinson, 45, 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, she told the court she started the incident by becoming distressed because Robinson did not intervene when a man swore at her.

Earlier, 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”.

Giving evidence, she said: “The reality is I was drunk and I behaved like an idiot and he’s paying the price and it’s so unfair and wrong.”

Motherwell said the club “welcomes the not guilty verdict”.

They added: “The decision is entirely in line with our expectations, having been fully aware of the circumstances from the very beginning.

“Stephen has had our unconditional support throughout and will continue to do so.”

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