Robber beat girlfriend in row over cigarettes

By Shona Gossip

Published: 08/02/2014

A CONVICTED armed robber who claimed he was ready to quit the north-east to start a new life in the Alps beat up his girlfriend in a row over a packet of cigarettes.

Paul Macklin – who has been in and out of prison for 20 years – said just months ago that he wanted to put his life of crime behind him and make a fresh start in the mountains of France.

But yesterday, the former Gordonstoun pupil appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court accused of attacking his long-term girlfriend, Julie Davidson.

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