Sectarian hate Rangers fan freed pending jail sentence appeal
A RANGERS fan has been granted his freedom pending an appeal against his sentence after being locked up by a sheriff for chanting sectarian slogans at a match in Inverness.
Teenager Connor McGhie was sent to a young offenders’ institution for three months following an incident at Caledonian Stadium in Inverness.
Inverness Sheriff Ian Abercrombie sent out a message to football fans that sectarian abuse would not be tolerated in courts in the Highlands and rejected a bid by McGhie’s lawyer last week to allow the fan his liberty while an appeal was lodged against the sentence.
However, today a further attempt to obtain bail was heard at the High Court in Edinburgh where McGhie was successful. He was liberated pending an appeal hearing against his sentence.
Lord Bonomy attached special conditions to McGhie's bail that he does not enter Scottish Premier League stadiums or those in Scottish League division one, two and three. He was also told not to enter the grounds of the national football stadium.
McGhie had been found guilty after trial of shouting sectarian abuse at a match between Caley Thistle and Rangers earlier this year.
Sheriff Abercrombie told him: "I have no idea who taught you to hate people simply because of their religious beliefs and I have no idea why you chose, on more than one occasion, to sing these sectarian songs."
McGhie (19) of Castleknowe, Carluke, was found guilty at Inverness Sheriff Court last month of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by repeatedly singing sectarian songs at the SPL match on February 26 this year. Rangers won 4-1.
McGhie was heard to chant "f*** the Pope and the Vatican,"
As well as three month detention, the sheriff also imposed a six-month order banning McGhie from Scottish football grounds.