Rugby star cleared of 'glassing' man
Scotland rugby star Max Evans was cleared yesterday of glassing a man in the face at a nightclub.
The 28-year-old was accused of assaulting Alasdair McCaig causing severe injury and permanent impairment at Edinburgh's Lulu nightclub on August 1, 2010. Mr Evans, who now plays for Castres in France, denied the charge and said he had acted in self-defence after being punched by the 29-year-old.
A jury took less than an hour to return a verdict of not guilty after a five-day trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
Mr McCaig told the court he was drinking champagne with his sister and an old school friend when he was struck in the face with a "sharp blow". However, Mr Evans said he had reacted to defend himself after feeling "threatened" by Mr McCaig.
He said he was punched by Mr McCaig and thought he was "coming for me", and had not intended for a glass to be used in the fracas.
Mr Evans told the court he first became aware of Mr McCaig when he called out "something insulting".
Mr Evans said he was assaulted by Mr McCaig as he made his way to the dance floor.
The rugby star said he used his left arm to push him away, in an instantaneous move "to defend myself".
He told how he had not realised he had a champagne glass in his hand at the time, which broke easily.