Local News & Archive — January 16, 2017 at 9:15 am — Updated: January 16, 2017 at 4:27 am

Footballer avoids jail after player attack

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A footballer who attacked a player from another team during a league match has escaped a jail sentence.

Prestatyn Sports goalkeeper Sion Williams was convicted earlier this month of kicking Llanllyfni defender Sion Huws in the head when a fight broke out during their Welsh Alliance game last August. The match was abandoned at just before half time.

At an earlier hearing, Caernarfon magistrates heard Mr Huws, who suffered from epilepsy, lay defenceless on the ground during the attack. He had been forced to give up factory work as a result because of recurring back pains.

Williams (33), from Rhyl, had denied the assault and claimed he had been trying to break up the fighting among players and fans who ran onto the Llanllyfni pitch. But referee Aled Rhys William and other players told the court they had seen the attack.

The defence’s claims had been dismissed by court chairman David Llewellyn Jones as not credible and concluded the prosecution had provided ”clear, consistent and corroborative’’ evidence.

Williams was ordered to pay £400 compensation to Mr Huws and another £705 in court costs. He must also carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

 

 

Source: BBC Cymru Fyw

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