Welsh prop should have been jailed: victim

June 28, 2013
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A man knocked unconscious by Welsh rugby prop Craig Mitchell in an unprovoked pub assault wants tougher sentencing after the international player avoided jail.

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June 28, 2013 – 1:06PM
Craig Mitchell representing Wales in 2011.Craig Mitchell representing Wales in 2011. Photo: Getty Images

Mitchell, who has made 15 appearances in a Welsh jersey, was on Friday sentenced to six months jail, wholly suspended for two years.

He also copped an $1800 fine and had to pay victim Cian Barry $3000 in compensation after knocking him out with a single hit at Brisbane’s Normanby Hotel.

King hit victim Cian Barry.King hit victim Cian Barry. Photo: Seven News

The attack occurred after Mr Barry was trying to calm down an altercation at the pub following the British and Irish Lions’ win against the Wallabies just hours earlier.

Mr Barry said Mitchell deserved to be jailed over the attack and called on the government to toughen sentences for gratuitous first-time violent offending.

‘‘It was horrendous,’’ Mr Barry told reporters outside court of the attack.

‘‘It was unprovoked violence, everyone’s had enough of it.’’

Mitchell apologised to Mr Barry in the courtroom, describing his actions as ‘‘totally unacceptable and unforgivable’’.

‘‘I hope you recover from your injuries and I’m truly sorry,’’ he told his victim.

But his lawyer John Cook did the talking outside of court, saying his client realised how close he was to serving time.

Mr Cook said he couldn’t say what implications a recorded conviction would have on Mitchell’s playing career.

Mitchell, who stood stony-faced behind his lawyer, refused to answer similar questions.

But Mr Cook said Mitchell had paid his fine and compensation and would be leaving the country after having his passport returned.

‘‘We’re in a position now where he wants to head off, he’s had a night in the watch house, he had very little sleep and was obviously very anxious because a term of imprisonment (was possible),’’ he said.

Mr Barry, a solicitor and son of retired Family Court judge James Barry, said he didn’t think Mitchell’s apology was genuine.

Magistrate Anne Thacker said merely fining Mitchell wasn’t a sufficient sentence.

‘‘It has to deter other Australians from this sort of behaviour at football matches,’’ she told Mitchell.

Mr Barry was first punched by Welsh tourist Richard Andrew Davies, and then by Mitchell, who travelled to Australia to watch the game.

Ms Thacker on Thursday fined Davies $1000 and ordered he pay Mr Barry $2000 compensation.

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Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/welsh-prop-should-have-been-jailed-victim-20130628-2p217.html#ixzz2XW4eIQmC

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4 Comments

  1. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    June 29th, 2013 at 6:24 am

    There seems to be law for some and not for others. Besides drugs there have been sexual assaults, murders, drugs, assaults, match fixing and theft and sportsmen can walk free.

    Sweep it under table, really shows the state of affairs around the world.

  2. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    June 29th, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Reply to Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa @ 6:24 am:

    At the very least at least this cnut has been deported losing out on a lifetime experience (well in 12 years) and hopefully lost a lot more moolah before the fine… and hopefully his mate who threw the first punch too!

    Hope he’s banned from coming back… but as for banning from rugby… not going to happen… Bees Roux murdered someone and is playing in France…

    I’ve seen lighter sentences here though for serious assaults… gives me the shits… hopefully that’s changing… but with Rudd back in… the lefty, hipster, liberal wankers might have something to say about ‘human rights’!

  3. avatar Duiwel says:
    June 29th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Sweet punch though
    I would have though short right hook.

  4. avatar DavidS says:
    June 29th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I understand some dork also tossed a beer out over Quade Cooper’s head at a pub last week when he was not selected for the Aussie side’s replacements called up…

    To his eternal credit (I wouldn’t have been as restrained) he did not put the guy in hospital… but kept his hands by his side.

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