Former Bolton Wanderers star Colin Hendry attacked in restaurant in feud over money

Colin Hendry

Colin Hendry

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A FEUD over money ended with former Bolton Wanderers star Colin Hendry being assaulted in a restaurant.

Mr Hendry owed his attacker £85,000 — money the ex-Premiership defender borrowed from a friend despite knowing he was facing bankruptcy and that he would only be able to return a few pence.

His 24-year-old daughter Rheagan, a model, was also punched in the face, Blackpool Magistrates Court heard.

Hector McFarlane repeatedly punched Mr Hendry and McFarlane's wife Williamina admitted threatening Rheagan, causing harassment, alarm and distress.

The court heard they committed the offences because felt their close friendship with Hendry and his family had been abused by the footballer who continued to enjoy a fine lifestyle despite being made insolvent for £2.2 million.

Following the death of Mr Hendry's wife, Denise, McFarlane loaned him £85,000 to help pay for her funeral.

The money was never paid back and Mr Hendry went bankrupt, some of the debts caused by his gambling habits.

The McFarlanes have a home in Lytham, where Mr Hendry and his family live.

Stuart Mills, prosecut-ing, said the confrontation took place when Mrs McFarlane came across Rheagan in an expensive eaterie and remonstrated with her about the debt.


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The prosecutor added: “Rheagan contacted her father and Mr McFarlane became involved. His fists were swinging and one blow hit Rheagan in the face and she went to the floor.

“He then rained several blows on Mr Hendry's back. The incidents were captured on CCTV and seen by a doorman.

“The McFarlanes then fled the building.”

Stephen Duffy, defending, said the McFarlanes had issued instructions by email to plead guilty in their absence.

He told the magistrates: “The families were great friends and the McFarlanes offered a lot of support to Colin Hendry during his wife's long illness.

“What irked my client even more is that there appeared to be no reduction in Hendry's lifestyle.

“Mr Hendry has been a professional athlete. My client is in his 60s and has illness problems.”

The court was shown video evidence from the restaurant.

The couple are currently living in Australia.

Hector McFarlane, aged 64, pleaded guilty to assaulting 48-year-old Mr Hendry and Rheagan at the Portofino restaurant and bar in Lytham in June, 2012.

He was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £1,026, which includes £50 compensation to mother-of-one Rheagan and £100 compensation to Mr Hendry.

Williamina McFarlane, aged 63, was ordered to pay £596 fines and costs. They were each given 56 days to pay.

Hendry currently coaches with Champion-ship side Blackburn Rovers and drives a top of the range Mercedes.

His wife died after botched cosmetic surgery.

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7:26pm Mon 17 Mar 14

exboard says...

Another example of the fact that the bankruptcy laws need massive changes.
I wonder if the Hendry's obtained Legal Aid? Something else that needs to be changed.
Another example of the fact that the bankruptcy laws need massive changes. I wonder if the Hendry's obtained Legal Aid? Something else that needs to be changed. exboard
  • Score: 46

7:26pm Mon 17 Mar 14

mdavies11 says...

Poor Colin. At least his family were with him and he's in a better place now.
Poor Colin. At least his family were with him and he's in a better place now. mdavies11
  • Score: -40

7:48pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Reed Lover says...

I'd have thumped him too if he owed me £85,000.

The bankruptcy laws are a ridiculous anachronism and should be changed. Why should Hendry continue to live a fine lifestyle whilst owing his ex-friend all that money? It cannot be right by anyone's measure and the law having failed to administer reasonable justice McFarlane did what the judge failed to do.

The law is an ****.
I'd have thumped him too if he owed me £85,000. The bankruptcy laws are a ridiculous anachronism and should be changed. Why should Hendry continue to live a fine lifestyle whilst owing his ex-friend all that money? It cannot be right by anyone's measure and the law having failed to administer reasonable justice McFarlane did what the judge failed to do. The law is an ****. Reed Lover
  • Score: 73

8:09pm Mon 17 Mar 14

mdavies11 says...

Coincidentally a friend of mine is a down-on-his-luck ex-footballer with gambling problems. He asked me to lend him £85,000 last Tuesday.

I politely declined.
Coincidentally a friend of mine is a down-on-his-luck ex-footballer with gambling problems. He asked me to lend him £85,000 last Tuesday. I politely declined. mdavies11
  • Score: 11

8:42pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Rememberscarborough says...

£85k for a funeral??????
£85k for a funeral?????? Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 45

9:42pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Wolfie190 says...

Hmm bet that guy a bit **** off.
Hmm bet that guy a bit **** off. Wolfie190
  • Score: 18

11:10pm Mon 17 Mar 14

JustaBloke2000 says...

Hmm, I used to think of CH as a hero... There's some interesting, though obviously biased, info on this site, especially about his bankruptcy terms etc:
http://www.colinhend
rylies.com/
Funny that the site hasn't been removed or anything, to be honest...
Hmm, I used to think of CH as a hero... There's some interesting, though obviously biased, info on this site, especially about his bankruptcy terms etc: http://www.colinhend rylies.com/ Funny that the site hasn't been removed or anything, to be honest... JustaBloke2000
  • Score: 10

9:59am Tue 18 Mar 14

Jim271 says...

If you commit benefit fraud you goto prison

If you fail to pay your tax bill you go bankrupt,

joke
If you commit benefit fraud you goto prison If you fail to pay your tax bill you go bankrupt, joke Jim271
  • Score: 15

12:56am Wed 19 Mar 14

Chine1 says...

he has lost his wife!!! maybe the betting was an issue before this and the BEN thought they would put this in to make it more juicy?? i hope that if you lose a loved one you don't do anything untoward. There is probably more to it but at the end of the day his daughter got attacked.
he has lost his wife!!! maybe the betting was an issue before this and the BEN thought they would put this in to make it more juicy?? i hope that if you lose a loved one you don't do anything untoward. There is probably more to it but at the end of the day his daughter got attacked. Chine1
  • Score: -12

2:02am Wed 19 Mar 14

crazyoldme says...

Think I'd do the same if someone owed me that much money, and that somebody was an ex professional footballer.

But I know the effects gambling can have on somebody, it ruins so many peoples life. Yet is so easy to do with numerous betting shops and arcades scattered all over town, there is waaaay too many in Bolton. They all need closing down.
Think I'd do the same if someone owed me that much money, and that somebody was an ex professional footballer. But I know the effects gambling can have on somebody, it ruins so many peoples life. Yet is so easy to do with numerous betting shops and arcades scattered all over town, there is waaaay too many in Bolton. They all need closing down. crazyoldme
  • Score: 6

3:06pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Lancistan says...

I missed where it says he is going to pay back the 85K to the pensioner he borrowed the money from ?
I missed where it says he is going to pay back the 85K to the pensioner he borrowed the money from ? Lancistan
  • Score: 4

4:28pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Lancashire always says...

He was paid £300.000 for the initial claim in 2004 a further claim I believe was made after his wife`s death to take 85k with no intention to pay it back and then prosecute ? he now gets even more cash out of his once friend a terrible story I hope Colin spends it wisely .
He was paid £300.000 for the initial claim in 2004 a further claim I believe was made after his wife`s death to take 85k with no intention to pay it back and then prosecute ? he now gets even more cash out of his once friend a terrible story I hope Colin spends it wisely . Lancashire always
  • Score: 1

2:17am Sun 13 Apr 14

Darrennz says...

Title of this item could have been better, "Conman Colin Hendry" should have been in there
Title of this item could have been better, "Conman Colin Hendry" should have been in there Darrennz
  • Score: 3

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