Stephen Robinson trial: Partner of Motherwell boss says she is ‘not a victim’

The partner of Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has told court that she is “not a victim” after he was accused of assaulting her.

Robinson, 45, is on trial at Edinburgh Sherriff Court after being accused of assaulting Robyn Lauchlin on December 13 last year.

The pair were returning from a day spent in the capital before Robinson was accused of grabbing, pulling and shoving Lauchlin before pinning her against a fence.

Lauchlin said that she has sent six different emails, detailing her account of what happened during the alleged assault.

In response to her efforts, during which she was not allowed contact with Robinson, she received a response from victim support.

“I am not a victim; I find it insulting,” she said. “I find it very difficult why my voice isn’t being heard.

“I have never been more disappointed in the law. There has been no thought for the innocent in this.

“I’ve begged for a response. It is extremely concerning I have not been asked for the facts.”

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Robinson has also been accused of behaving in an aggressive manner by shouting, swearing and acting aggressively.

The fourth witness David McIlduff, 25, said: “I heard a good deal of shouting. He seemed to have her pinned against the wall. His hands were around her.”

“I’m sure I heard her shout ‘get away from me’ towards him. The gentleman was raging.

“It was aggressive enough that the woman tried to move away. The gentleman used enough force to keep her against the fence.”

The trial before Sheriff John Cook will resume next week.

Scottish Premier League – Midweek round-up

Rangers closed the gap between themselves and third placed Aberdeen to three points with a 2-0 victory at Partick Thistle last night.

Goals either side of the break from Josh Windass and James Tavernier was enough to secure the three points for Graham Murty’s side.

Partick Thistle started the brighter of the two sides with Connor Sammon causing problems up front.  Jags manager Alan Archibald will have been left wondering what might have been with his side’s pressure forcing Rangers into making early mistakes.

As time passed, Rangers began to gain more control with Jason Holt commanding the midfield.

Thistle thought they had broke the deadlock when Ryan Edwards latched onto Sammon’s flick on but his powerful volley was ruled out for offside.  The decision was contested by Archibald with TV replays showing a tight call.

The scoring was opened with a slick counter-attack with Candeias playing a lovely first-time cross with Windass smashing home the finish.

A strike off the post from Sammon just before half time was the best chance Thistle missed to get back into the game.

In the second half, James Tavernier ensured the Teddy Bears would be going home with all three points with a spectacular curled-strike into the top corner.

Thistle put up a valiant effort but were outdone by a superior Rangers side.

 

 

Two late goals secured a 2-0 win over St Johnstone to break into the top six in the Scottish Premiership.

St Johnsotne had won 8 out of the 11 previous meetings with Motherwell and it was the Saints who started the better side.

Stefan Cougall was proving tough to handle for the opening 20 minutes, before picking up an injury after landing awkwardly.

It was a lacklustre first half performance from the Well, yet they did create the best chance when Curtis Main had his strike from outside the box strike off the bar and over.

After the break, Motherwell came to life, created much more going forward with Main being the forefront.

Motherwell eventually made the breakthrough following good work on the left.  Rose then laid the ball across for Campbell to convert in the six-yard box – his first goal since April.

Main’s hard work deserved a goal and he was duly rewarded.  Richard Tait won the ball just outside the Saints box, who then served the ball through to Main.  He swivelled and put his left-foot shot beyond Saints keeper Mannus.

The win means well overtake Kilmarnock into sixth, although the Ayrshire side have three games in hand over the Lanarkshire side.

 

 

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