Lions in Australia
Wales prop escapes jail
Melbourne - A court sentenced Welshman Craig Mitchell, an international rugby
player, to a suspended six month jail term on Friday for an unprovoked pub
assault after a British and Irish Lions game.
Mitchell, who has
made 15 appearances for Wales, was also fined AUD $1 800 (USD $1 667)
fine and had to pay solicitor Cian Barry $3 000 (USD $2 778) compensation
after knocking him out with a single punch.
admitted wading into an altercation between fans that Barry was trying
to calm down at a Brisbane bar in the early hours of last Sunday after
the Lions beat the Wallabies.
Mitchell, who pleaded guilty to
aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm, apologised in court
describing his actions as "totally unacceptable and unforgivable".
"I hope you recover from your injuries and I'm truly sorry," he told Barry.
solicitor, who needed stitches to his face, told reporters outside the
court that Mitchell should have been put behind bars.
"It was horrendous. It was unprovoked violence, everyone's had enough of it."
was first punched by Welsh tourist Richard Andrew Davies, and then by
Mitchell, who travelled to Australia to watch the Test match.
Mitchell, who plays club rugby for the Exeter Chiefs, was to leave Australia after having his passport returned.
Davies was fined $1 000 on Thursday and ordered to pay Barry $2 000 compensation.