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