Court hears Evans ‘hit man in face’

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SCOTLAND rugby player Max Evans has gone on trial charged with hitting a man in the face with a glass in a nightclub.

The 28-year-old former Glasgow Warriors star denies assaulting Alasdair McCaig at Edinburgh’s Lulu nightclub on August 1, 2010.

It is alleged he struck Mr McCaig in the face with a glass to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and permanent injury.

Jurors at Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard Evans plead not guilty and enter a special defence, saying he was acting in self-defence having been assaulted by Mr McCaig.

Mr McCaig was called as the first witness yesterday. The 29-year-old, who works in property development, told the court he was drinking Champagne with his sister and an old school friend at the bar of the club’s VIP area when he was struck in the face.

He said: “We were basically catching up with each other, as you do, then the next thing someone comes from my right-hand side and strikes me on the face and hastily exits the membership area.”

He then pointed at Evans as the person who allegedly hit him. The trial continues