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Former Countdown Champion in Court for Assault

A former ‘Countdown’ champion has recently appeared in court for assaulting a female who gave his book a ‘bad review’ online.


Richard Brittain travelled around 500 miles from his home in Bedford, England to attack Paige Rolland at her place of work in Fife, Scotland.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard this week how Brittain used the internet to find out as much information as possible relating to Miss Rolland, including where she lived and worked, after Miss Rolland posted ‘negative’ critique online regarding a book Brittain had wrote.

Brittain tracked Miss Rolland down and smashed a bottle of wine over the back of her head as she stacked shelves in the Asda where she worked. The force of the blow knocked Miss Rolland out and she suffered a large cut to her head, for which she had to be treated in hospital. Procurator fiscal Harry Findlay stated:

“The complainer gave feedback of what she thought to be the merits or otherwise of the book.

“The feedback was negative. What followed were comments made by the accused which give an indication that he was displeased.”

Regarding the attack, Mr Findlay said:

“He went to the alcohol aisle and picked up a bottle of wine. He then went to the aisle where the complainer was working. He approached her from behind; she was kneeling down collecting cereal from the bottom shelf of the aisle.”

Guilty Plea

Brittain pleaded guilty to assaulting Miss Rolland, causing her severe injury, on October 3, 2014.

In an interview with a national newspaper after the hearing, Miss Rolland said:

“Had he hit me any harder, I could have died.

“My first thought when I realised I had been assaulted was for my mum and how awful it would be for her to get a phone call saying I had died.”

Speaking of the attack, Miss Rolland said:

“At first, I thought that maybe I’d hit my head off the shelf and, as everything started to spin and go black, I wondered how I could be so stupid as to hit my head so hard.

“I heard the tinkle of a bottle on the floor and I thought that something had fallen on me. Blood was covering my hands and dripping down my arms.

“I couldn’t believe it. The attack has left me nervous and fearful. I find it difficult to meet new people and am nervous in big crowds.”

Sheriff Martin Jones QC has deferred sentence for reports and a motion for bail was refused.

Criminal Injury – Expert Advice

We understand that if you have been subjected to an act of violence, your thoughts will turn to making a full recovery – compensation will likely be the last thing on your mind.

There is however a government scheme that provides compensation to victims or their families at this tragic time.

The scheme is called CICA (The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority). Once your claim is accepted by Hampson Hughes Solicitors, we will liaise with CICA on your behalf.

If you would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email

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