Medical student jailed in US for attacking his girlfriend’s pal in jealous rage
A British medical student has been jailed in America for battering his vet girlfriend’s pal in a jealous rage.
Tony Boyd, 23, attacked Stephen Mayer after travelling to Wisconsin to help girlfriend Sophie Kelly settle into her new life and career as a vet.
Sophie, originally from Inverkeithing in Fife, Scotland, previously claimed Boyde attacked her and her friend after finding them together at her apartment in August.
She said: "“When over here, he attacked myself and a friend of mine and fired a gun at us. He was arrested and put in the county jail.”
Tony was originally charged with firing a gun but the charge was dismissed at a Wisconsin court on Wednesday, reports the Daily Record .
He had also faced a charge of battery against Sophie but this was dismissed.
Boyd’s future as a doctor is hanging in the balance after the Glasgow University student pled guilty to assaulting Stephen at a property in Waukesha, Wisconsin, last summer.
Boyd, whose businessman father Lewis previously paid his $15,000 bail to allow him to return to Scotland to finish his degree, was sentenced to two 30-day prison sentences in Waukesha County jail after admitting battery and causing criminal damage to property.
The pair had been dating for more than a year before the incident and had enjoyed holidays in Spain, Greece and Thailand together. Sophie also modelled for Boyd’s online sportswear brand.
Boyd first appeared in court in the US on August 14, when he entered not guilty pleas to all charges.
He was allowed to return to Scotland but was warned to abide by strict bail conditions, including an alcohol ban.
After the Daily Post revealed Boyd’s arrest, he was quoted as saying he suspected Sophie of having an “affair” after finding her with Stephen in the bedroom of her apartment. He claimed he merely “threw a few punches” at his love rival.
Boyd also reportedly said he found the firearm in Stephen’s bag after he and Sophie left and fired a bullet accidentally into the distance outside the property because he had never handled a gun before.
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He said: “There were no gun shots fired at anyone, there was no intention of firing gun shots at anyone. It was a complete fluke accident.
“I dropped the gun and ran out. The police turned up. I gave myself up and told them exactly what happened. I didn’t lie.”
The medical student is listed in court papers as living in Troon, Ayrshire, with his dad – a restaurant boss who was once convicted of bugging his wife’s bedroom when he suspected her of having an affair.
When he tried to return to the States for a court hearing in April, he was detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and denied entry into America until he obtained a visa.
Boyd was sentenced at Waukesha County Court on Wednesday after he and his father presented a statement to Judge Lee Dreyfus.
His prison sentences will run alongside each other, meaning he could return to Scotland as early as next month. It is unclear how his conviction will affect his future career in medicine.
Glasgow University have previously said the case would be considered under their code of student conduct when legal proceedings finished.
In February, the Daily Post told how Boyd had been branded a tenant from hell while renting a luxury Glasgow property.
It was claimed he upset neighbours by throwing noisy parties and caused more than £1000 of damage to the £1895-a-month apartment in the city’s west end.
Landlord David Hook said that during the year when Boyd lived in the flat, neighbours complained about noise from parties which resulted in police and council officers being called before he moved out in January.
Boyd denied the claims, telling the Record he had only been visited by police once and never had any dealings with the council.
He said: “The police came to my apartment on one occasion when I had some colleagues over for a few drinks.
"There was some slight damage to the floor. The flat was left as it was when I moved in.”
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