Charity runner Tony “The Fridge” Morrison is on trial today for alleged assaults on four members of the same Wearside family.
He is also accused of using violence to secure entry into their home.
The trial of the fun runner – who has raised more than £100,000 by running marathons and endurance races with a 42kg refrigerator strapped to his back – was at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
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The 51-year-old grandfather previously appeared before magistrates in March, where he entered ‘not guilty’ pleas for 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 there was someone present on those premises opposed to his entry.
Morrison, whose motto is “be relentless”, 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 a previous 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.