Saturday 17 March 2018

Son of Irish snooker legend 'Hurricane Higgins' 'ran over by fiancee after row spilled into street'

Jordan Higgins with his sister Lauren at the funeral of their father Alex in 2010
Jordan Higgins with his sister Lauren at the funeral of their father Alex in 2010

Snooker legend Alex Higgins' son required hospital treatment after allegedly being hit by a car driven by his fiancee.

Jordan Higgins is said to have had a furious row with fiancee Leigh Amanda Woodyear, after which she got into her vehicle and ran him over.

The 31-year-old mother-of-four was arrested shortly afterwards and appeared in court earlier this week charged with attempted murder.

The couple - who got engaged in March - are said to have had a row at their home in Manchester on Saturday, with the argument allegedly spilling out onto the street.

The 33-year-old son of the Irish snooker superstar suffered serious injuries including a fractured cheek.

He spent two days in hospital before discharging himself.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: "Shortly before 10.20pm on Saturday, May 21, police were called to Eastleigh Road, Heald Green, to reports that a man had been involved in a collision with a car.

"Officers attended and found a 33-year-old man with serious injuries. He was taken to hospital for treatment."

Mr Higgins was jailed in 2014 for robbing a newsagents in Manchester.

He has also battled drug and alcohol addictions in the past and was admitted to a rehabilitation clinic at the age of just 14.

He was born just a year after his famous father won the World Snooker Championship in 1982.

It has previously been claimed that he struggled to emerge from the shadow of his father, who was known for his talent but also for his drinking and hell-raising.

The snooker star's son received an 18-month prison sentence in 2014 after being convicted of robbing a newsagent's shop in Cheadle Hume, a suburb of Manchester.

Higgins, who was 31 at the time, was caught after his DNA was detected on the getaway car's airbag, as well as on a scarf and gloves that he used during the robbery.

Together with an accomplice, he assaulted the shopkeepers and stole approximately £1,500 worth of cigarettes.

Sentencing Higgins, Judge John Potter said at the time he had no alternative but to send him to jail.

"I accept that you are somebody who had a difficult upbringing in that you had - through your father - to live through the glare of publicity, a father that according to the statements I have read was hardly an appropriate and proper role model to his son," the judge said.

Jordan's famously volatile father Alex, who died aged 61 in August 2010 after a long battle with cancer, was world snooker champion in 1972 and 1982 and was also runner-up in 1976 and 1980.

Belfast Telegraph

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