Scots boxer jailed over hit and run after pub row turned violent

Lee Nightingale drove into his victim as he was walking away from a bar in Glasgow.

Scots boxer Lee Nightingale jailed after running over man with car after pub row turned violent SNS Group

A Scottish champion boxer who carried out a hit and run on a man has been jailed for 32 months.

Lee Nightingale, 27, ran over the man in Dennistoun on September 28, 2023.

The pair had earlier gotten into an argument, with the man punching Nightingale.

Nightingale later entered a car and drove into the man as he walked away from the bar.

The stricken victim suffered whiplash and required ten stitches to an open wound.

The offence took place more than five years after Nightingale was ordered to pay a serviceman £5,000 after a bottle attack in a nightclub which left his victim’s ear hanging off.

Nightingale left the victim, who is in the Royal Navy, so disfigured it took 27 stitches to reattach his organ.

He also attacked the man’s then teenage girlfriend by grabbing her on the hair and punching her.

Nightingale was crowned Western District Champion in 2010 and won Bronze at the British Championships in 2010 and 2011.

Nightingale pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to assaulting his latest victim to his injury and danger of life.

The court heard that both parties were at the Alexandra Bar on Duke Street.

Around 11pm, the victim went into a separate area of the bar where Nightingale and his brother were situated.

Prosecutor Abbas Ali stated that a “verbal altercation” took place between Lee Nightingale and the victim, who went on to punch the boxer.

He was then ushered out of the bar and he left with another man.

A witness noticed the men walking away while Nightingale and his brother entered a car which faced the opposite direction.

Mr Ali said: “The vehicle performed a U-turn and accelerated towards the men.

“He was driving at speed and veered towards the men.

“The victim was walking slightly on the road with his foot on the road while the other was on the pavement.

“The impact of the vehicle took the man off of his feet, connected with the windscreen and landed right under a parked van.”

Police later found the damaged car in the city’s Dalmarnock with its registration plates removed.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries but later discharged himself.

Mr Ali said: “He received whiplash medication and ten stitches to an open wound.”

Nightingale’s lawyer told the sentencing that there was a “rush of blood to his head” which led to the attack.

The boxer, of the city’s Croftfoot, also stated to a social worker in his background report that it was “the stupidest thing I have ever done.”

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