Rugby prop guilty of griev­ous bod­ily harm

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

A RUGBY player who broke an op­po­nent’s jaw with a “sly” off-the-ball punch has been con­victed of in­flict­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Pon­tar­dawe prop Sion Ke­iron Jones launched the un­pro­voked at­tack on Fer­ry­side lock Christo­pher Rogers in the fi­nal mo­ments of a match be­tween the teams.

Mr Rogers was knocked un­con­scious by the blow, and later needed surgery to fit metal plates and screws in his face.

Jones had de­nied the as­sault, in­sist­ing he was stuck at the bot­tom of a ruck at the time the Car­marthen­shire player was punched to the ground.

But a jury at Swansea Crown Court found him guilty – by a ma­jor­ity of 10 to two – fol­low­ing trial.

The 34-year-old will be sen­tenced for the of­fence next month.

The as­sault took place dur­ing a match be­tween Pon­tar­dawe RFC and Fer­ry­side RFC at the Swansea Valley side’s Rec pitch in Oc­to­ber 2017.

The trial heard that in the fi­nal mo­ments of the game a ruck formed in the Fer­ry­side half of the pitch fol­low­ing a scrum – Mr Rogers re­treated to take his po­si­tion in the de­fen­sive line.

Mo­ments later, as the Car­marthen­shire man turned his head to talk to a team­mate, Jones ran from be­hind the ruck and punched him in the side of the face with a “swing” of the arm.

Judge Keith Thomas or­dered a pro­ba­tion re­port into the de­fen­dant, and he will be sen­tenced on Au­gust 23.

Sion Ke­iron Jones.

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