Rugby player ‘ran into fist of fel­low cop’ dur­ing game

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A PO­LICE­MAN charged with belt­ing a fel­low of­fi­cer dur­ing a rugby match said his col­league ran into his fist, a court heard.

Det Con Gareth Bishop was “punched and kicked” by PC Brett O’Ha­gan when a derby rugby match turned to vi­o­lence.

A jury was told how DC Bishop’s nose was bro­ken, his face gashed and he suf­fered a black eye in the at­tack.

O’Ha­gan, 31, de­nied in­flict­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm after telling other po­lice: “He ran onto my fist!”.

South Wales Po­lice team’s player-coach Bishop, 39, based at Barry CID, de­scribed how he was as­saulted by PC O’Ha­gan, cap­tain of op­pos­ing team Wattstown.

He was rushed to hos­pi­tal where he had eight stitches in­serted in two fa­cial wounds, and was op­er­ated on to re­set a bro­ken nose.

De­fend­ing bar­ris­ter Ti­mothy Evans claimed that O’Ha­gan was try­ing to de­fend him­self by hit­ting DC Bishop with his left hand.

O’Ha­gan, of Porth, Rhondda, also denies an al­ter­na­tive charge of un­law­ful wound­ing.

The match was won by Rhondda Val­leys vil­lage side Wattstown.

The case con­tin­ues at New­port Crown Court.

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