Tuesday, 6 March 2012

GBH

News this week that a rugby player has been jailed after breaking an opponent's jaw with a punch.

Jack Weston of Keynsham RFC hit Ben Staunton of Oldfield Old Boys twice when a fracas broke out over a dangerous tackle in a match last November.

Weston pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and was jailed for six months at Bristol Crown Court this week.

Now, there are many who think of rugby as a "man's game" and that the odd punch here and there is part and parcel of all that. After all, who can, hand on heart, say that they have never thrown a punch during a game?

That said, clearly you can't go around hitting someone so hard that his jaw breaks and then expect to brush it off as just being part of the game. It is to Weston's credit that he realised this and pleaded guilty and, while to some the sentence may seem a little harsh, the message it sends out could not be clearer.

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