Leigh Griffiths denies assault and theft charges

Leigh Griffiths appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Bill Henry

Leigh Griffiths appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Bill Henry

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FORMER Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths has appeared in court to face charges of theft and assault.

Griffiths made a brief appearance in Edinburgh’s Justice of the Peace Court today, having been ordered to make a personal appearance.

The 22-year old footballer, who has returned to play for Wolves after being on loan to Hibs, answered his name when it was called in court. His solicitor, Kathleen More, said her client was maintaining previously tendered pleas of not guilty to charges of theft, breach of the peace and assault.

It is alleged that on January 26 this year at the Tesco Store in Meadow Place Road, Edinburgh, Griffiths stole a quantity of water and juice; that he repeatedly shouted and swore and threw items of liquid to the floor; and that he assaulted an employee, Fahid Ali, by struggling with him and attempting to punch him on the body.

A further interim hearing, prior to the trial set for later this month, was called for August 14. Griffiths was excused from attending that hearing.