Charity runner Tony ‘The Fridge’ Morrison was due in court today to stand trial accused of assaulting four members of the same family.
He is also accused of using violence to secure entry into their home.
He has lost almost everythingChris Wilson
The trial of the South Tyneside-based fun-runner, who raised more than £100,000 by running marathons and endurance races with a 42kg refrigerator strapped to his back, was set to begin at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
The 51-year-old grandfather previously appeared before magistrates in March, entering not guilty pleas four charges of assault against Andrew, George, Jean and Lauren Mallaby in Sunderland on Monday, June 16, last year.
Morrison, of Jutland Avenue, Hebburn, has also denied using violence for the purpose of securing entry into their home on Hylton Lane, Bunny Hill, knowing that there was someone present on those premises opposed to his entry.
Morrison’s motto is “be relentless”, and he has covered more than 1,000 miles with a fridge strapped to his back, raising more than £100,000 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Last year, he was named Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards.
He was also nominated as endurance fundraiser of the year at the JustGiving Awards for completing the London Marathon twice in 24 hours, a feat which raised more than £10,000 for Cancer Research UK.
At his last court appearance, Morrison’s solicitor Chris Wilson, told the bench his client’s fundraising activities had cost him his business.
“He has lost almost everything,” Mr Wilson said.
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