Scotland rugby star in court over alleged glassing incident


By Cara Sulieman

SCOTLAND rugby player Max Evans has appeared in court charged in relation to an alleged glassing incident at an Edinburgh nightclub.

Max Evans leaving court

The 26-year-old centre for Glasgow Warriors appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today after the alleged incident at Lulu nightclub on George Street, Edinburgh in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He pled not guilty to glassing Alisdair McCaig, 27, in the face, leaving him with cuts that had to be treated by ambulance staff.

Evans also pled not guilty to possesing an offensive weapon in a public place – the glass.

Wearing a tweed jacket and light coloured chinos, the rugby player came to court alone to appear before Sheriff Celia Sanderson.

Represented by James Kelly, he only spoke to confirm his name and that he understood his bail conditions.

Evans was bailed under the conditions that he won’t enter the swanky club or approach the victim.

Leaving court after his appearance, Evans didn’t comment on his case and walked down Chambers Street on foot.

Police said that both men were taken in for questioning after the incident, but only Evans was charged.

A spokesperson for Lothian and Borders Police said: “A man has been charged in connection with an assault on a 27-year-old man in a nightclub on George Street, at 1.15am on Sunday morning.

“The 26-year-old appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday.”

A spokesman for the ambulance service said that they had attended the scene but didn’t take anyone to hospital.

He said: “We attended at 2.19am on Sunday and treated a 27-year-old male who had been reportedly glassed. He had lacerations to his face.

“He wasn’t taken to hospital.”

To date Evans has ten international caps to his name, and played for Scotland in the recent Six Nations tournament in February.

As well as rugby, Evans played professional golf in Portugal between 2004 and 2006 while he was recovering from a back injury he sustained playing for Harlequins’ academy side.

His brother, 25-year-old Thom, used to play alongside him at the Glasgow club until a neck injury he sustained during Scotland’s Six Nations match against Wales in February forced him to retire early.

Max appeared with his brother in the 2010 Dieux de Stade calendar.

Evans’ trial will start in the new year.