Stuart Hogg spent 'a night in the cells' following latest arrest, avoids jail - Ruck

Stuart Hogg spent ‘a night in the cells’ following latest arrest, avoids jail

Former Scotland rugby captain Stuart Hogg has been released on bail despite breaching a court order prohibiting contact with his estranged wife by sending her “unpleasant” text messages.

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The 32-year-old spent a night in police custody before appearing at Jedburgh Sheriff Court, where he admitted to repeatedly contacting Gillian Hogg. Sentence was deferred pending the outcome of a domestic abuse trial later this month, which includes charges of stalking and controlling behaviour over a seven-year period.

Sheriff James McCarron, citing Hogg’s lack of previous convictions, decided to grant bail. He warned Hogg that any repeat of such behaviour would make future bail “highly unlikely”. The conditions of his bail will allow Hogg to travel to France to join his new club Montpellier and attend his brother’s wedding.

Sheriff McCarron emphasised, “Let there be no doubt – no contact means no contact, invited or otherwise.”

The court was informed that Hogg initially responded after Gillian Hogg contacted him regarding financial matters. Prosecutor India McLean described the messages sent between 26 June and 30 June as “abusive”, while defence lawyer Mat Patrick acknowledged they were “unpleasant” but not “threatening”. Patrick noted that Hogg had been drinking and was “feeling emotional” after seeing a social media video posted by his wife.

The case is set to continue on 15 July.

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Siya Kolisi (South Africa) – £800,000

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Siya Kolisi, Captain of South Africa celebrates after the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade De France, Paris on 29 October 2023 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)

Maro Itoje (England) – £800,000

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Maro Itoje of England during the Six Nations Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 10 February 2024 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)