POLICE have welcomed the jail sentence handed down to a former boxing champion after he broke a man’s jaw with a single punch.
Lee McAllister, who was known as the ‘Aberdeen Assassin’ during his career, was locked up for nine months after admitting a charge of assault to severe injury.
McAllister, 33, whose address was given in court as Granitehill Terrace, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court for sentencing after breaking Jonathan Hay’s jaw.
Police Scotland Divisional Violence Reduction Unit Inspector Christine Gordon said: “We welcome the prison sentence handed down to Lee McAllister.
“This was a vicious assault in which the victim suffered a broken jaw.
“He required hospital treatment and this incident will have a lasting impact on his life.
“Our message to violent offenders is clear, this behaviour is absolutely not acceptable and we will carry out rigorous investigations to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.”
Defence agent John Hardie said: “He was behind the counter and was engaging in conversation with other customers. It was light-hearted and jovial.
“The complainer’s girlfriend presumably thought he was a show off. “She gestured at him and to his recollection, this was accompanied by some verbal abuse.
“He challenged that and there was an exchange of shouting then the complainer stepped in front of him.
“He felt threatened by that situation and threw the punch.
“Mr Hay has borne the consequences of his loss of self control.”