‘Eyes of police’ are on rugby player accused of assault

A HAWICK rugby player has avoided a court curfew which could have prevented him from playing in away games for the Premiership One outfit.

Ryan Hogg is charged with assaulting a man near his home in North Bridge Street on August 27, and also struggling with two women causing them to fall to the ground. The joiner had his case continued without plea for four weeks to allow further investigation.

The Crown asked for special conditions to be attached to Hogg’s bail including a curfew from 8pm to 4am and a ban on drinking alcohol in public places, which the police had requested.

But defence lawyer Rory Bannerman told last Thursday’s Jedburgh Sheriff Court that this would be difficult to adhere to, explaining Hogg was an integral part of the Hawick rugby team with away games at places such as Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee which required overnight stays.

Sheriff Donald Corke decided against granting the Crown’s request for special bail conditions, although he did order Hogg to stay away from the three people named in the complaint.

He warned him: “The eyes of the police are on you.”

The case will recall on October 28.