Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Thug who attacked Neil Lennon faces charge over gesture during trial

A thug who attacked Celtic coach Neil Lennon could face further charges for gesturing at the ex-footballer while he gave evidence in court.

Rangers fan Jeffrey Carrigan was on bail for the offence when the trial started, but was jailed half way through for behaving inappropriately while his victim was in the witness stand.

The 43-year-old, who was convicted of repeatedly punching and kicking the former Northern Ireland midfielder on the head and body, was remanded in custody on Tuesday last week after Sheriff Martin Jones became aware of what had happened.

Carrigan, of Shafton Road, Knightswood, and his co-accused David Whitelaw (47), of Lincoln Avenue, Knightswood, were last week convicted of assaulting Lennon causing severe injury at Glasgow’s Ashton Lane on September 1 last year.

The two men had been out drinking to celebrate Rangers 4-2 win over Celtic earlier that day when they spotted Lennon outside the Ubiquitous Chip bar.

The attack kicked off after the men tried to wind-up the Hoops legend about the score.

The pair were sentenced to two years in prison on Friday after a week-long trial.

Sentencing the thugs, Sheriff Jones told them they had carried out a “vicious, brutal and cowardly attack”.

He added: “You showed no concern for your victim and no appreciation of the consequences of your actions.”

The Crown Office yesterday confirmed that no charges have been brought against Carrigan as yet, but could not rule out the possibility of future proceedings.

A spokesperson said: “We’re aware that there was an incident that resulted in Mr Carrigan being remanded in custody but nothing has been generated as yet as a result of this.”

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