A man knocked unconscious by Welsh rugby prop Craig Mitchell in an unprovoked pub assault wants tougher sentencing after the international player avoided jail.
- June 28, 2013 – 1:06PM
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.
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.
‘‘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.