Liz McColgan, former world champion athlete and BBC Sports Personality of the Year, has been accused of attacking her husband and hurling his clothes out of the window.

Scottish sports star McColgan appeared in court accused of punching her estranged husband, Peter McColgan, in the head and body, allegations she denies.

The court heard how the ex-Commonwealth gold medallist then threw his clothes down the stairs, before hurling them through a window.

The allegations of violence came to light this July, after McColgan and her husband had announced an amicable separation.

Despite no longer being together, the couple still share a house for the sake of their children.

In November, McColgan said: “It is an amicable split and we are working things out for our children. We are both still living in the marital home while we work things out but we are a separated couple and plan to divorce.

“The children come first and we are in the process of trying to sort things out for them. We are securing their futures.”

When the pair split, Liz McColgan said it was because her dedication to running was overshadowing the marriage.

In the 1986 Commonwealth Games, McColgan won gold in the 10,000 metres. They married the following year.

She also took home a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and she became world champion in Tokyo in 1991.

“I didn’t even take time to enjoy my success. I think I am the only person to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and not go to the party afterwards because I was training the next day,” McColgan said last year.

“Of course it’s sad, but there is nothing unusual about looking back when you get to my age and thinking about the way your life has turned out. I’m not 46 thinking I’m 26. It’s just that there are things I want to do now that Peter doesn’t.”

The trial will continue on November 21.