Ex-Hibs’ Garry O’Connor faces drink charge trial

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Ex-Hibs star Garry O’Connor will stand trial next year charged with driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

O’Connor is accused of driving his plush Chrysler 300C on a main road in Port Seton, East Lothian, after taking an, as yet, unknown substance.

The former-Hibs striker was stopped on the B1348 by police officers at around 8pm on 19 June. He was subsequently arrested and charged and taken to St Leonard’s police station where he was medically examined by a doctor and was forced to give a blood sample.

O’Connor, who first appeared in court in June in handcuffs after having spent the night in the cells, pleaded not guilty to two charges during an appearance at Haddington Sheriff Court yesterday. (FRI)

The dad-of-two had spent the night in custody before appearing in court the following day where he was released on bail.

It is also alleged the 30-year-old committed the drink/drug driving offence in his black £35,000 motor having been granted bail at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on 16 January this year.

The fallen star, who has still to be picked up by a club since being released by Russian side Tom Tomsk last December, appeared in the dock looking fit and tanned, and was smartly dressed in an open necked shirt and black jumper.

O’Connor, of Longniddry, East Lothian, was also sporting new prominent tattoos on the back of his left hand.

Defence solicitor Cheryl Beattie told the court she wanted to postpone the trial for the preparation of a toxicology report to be carried out on a sample of O’Connor’s blood.

Ms Beattie added O’Connor was currently in possession of a sample of his blood taken at the time of his arrest in June, but it would take some time for a report to be completed.

The footballer, who has also starred for Birmingham, Barnsley and Russian sides Lokomotiv Moscow and Tom Tomsk, will return to the East Lothian court to stand trial in March next year.