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Sean Long: I’m not a woman beater
SEAN Long said he was devastated by allegations that he attacked a disabled woman in front of her children, describing himself as an “honest bloke”.
As day one of his trial concluded, the former Saints icon refuted claims that he attacked Pamela Twist at her home in Rainford in May 2012, grabbing hold of her neck and slamming her head back against a chair.
Taking the stand during a hearing at St Helens Magistrates’ Court, Long strongly denied the allegations that he travelled to a property in Rainford to confront a man who had been a tenant in his property in Wigan.
Ms Twist, who now lives in Widnes, gave evidence from behind a screen, claiming 38-year-old Long and another unnamed man turned up at her home unannounced and demanded to know where her then husband was.
When she was unable to tell him, she claims that Long lost his temper and grabbed hold of her around the neck with his right hand.
However, giving evidence in court, Long who was at the time an assistant coach for Salford City Reds, said that following work in the morning at Leigh Sports Village, where the club trained, he visited a gym in Golborne.
This, he claimed, meant he did not have the time to travel to Rainford to carry out the assault.
He also said that he had a broken thumb, suffered while playing for Preston Grasshoppers, and was unable to apply any pressure with his right hand.
Expert medical witness Dr David Eccles, a consultant forensic physician, told the court, that in his view, photos of Ms Twist’s neck, taken shortly after the alleged attack, were not consistent with her being gripped by the finger and thumb.
Speaking specifically about the allegation, Long added: “I’m devastated that someone has come out and saying that I’m a woman beater, going round hitting women. I don’t hit women or men.
I play rugby league and have been a good servant to my clubs.
”It’s giving me a bad name and that’s why I want to clear my name.”
The trial continues...