Rugby player Connor Weetman convicted of GBH against player from Woodford Rugby Club

Connor Weetman was convicted of grievous bodily harm.

Connor Weetman was convicted of grievous bodily harm.

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A rugby player who left an opponent with a fractured eye socket was found guilty yesterday.

Connor Weetman, of Gascelyn Place in Chippenham, Wiltshire, was playing in an under-18s clash against Woodford Rugby Club when he attacked David Hutchison.

During the game between Chippenham and Woodford on July 14 last year, Mr Hutchison had been entangled with another player at the edge of the game after a heavy tackle.

He was still on his knees when witnesses saw the 19-year-old Weetman running towards him before punching him in the side of the head, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

Onlookers said the blow was so powerful they heard the bones in Mr Hutchison's skull crunching.

Weetman was allowed to finish the match at Woodford Rugby Club in High Road, Woodford Green, because the referee had not seen the attack.

But the player was arrested by waiting police officers moments after he stepped off the pitch following his team's 34-22 victory.

Mr Hutchinson was left with a broken cheek bone, a fractured eye socket and needed a titanium plate fitted to the bone.

He still reports very little feeling on the right side of his face and believes the trauma wrecked his A-Level results.

Weetman was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and must also complete 225 hours of unpaid work and pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Weetman was convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm but cleared of the more serious charge of causing GBH with intent.

The judge, Ms Recorder Alicia Jolles said: 'Mr Hutchinson suffered considerable pain for at least one month after the incident, and it affected his preparation for his A-Levels, and he feels this impacted materially on his final results.

“There was no justification for the punch being thrown, you were not acting in self-defence or defence of another – it is not clear whether you were acting recklessly or with some intention.

“I take into account that rugby matches are highly charged places and people do get very hyped up and adrenalin levels run high.”

  

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10:50am Fri 8 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

He should be banned for life.
He should be banned for life. Villagecranberry
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11:27am Fri 8 Aug 14

jonny mash says...

Rugger Thugger. These smug, boorish types love to take the high ground when criticising footballers who behave badly, no doubt his team mates cheered him off the pitch with some moronic song based on "I am the music man".
Rugger Thugger. These smug, boorish types love to take the high ground when criticising footballers who behave badly, no doubt his team mates cheered him off the pitch with some moronic song based on "I am the music man". jonny mash
  • Score: -6

2:33pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Quintilius says...

jonny mash wrote:
Rugger Thugger. These smug, boorish types love to take the high ground when criticising footballers who behave badly, no doubt his team mates cheered him off the pitch with some moronic song based on "I am the music man".
The odd 'rugger thugger' doesn't compare to the large scale of hooliganism in football all around the world. Also, when have you ever heard of riots breaking out during or after a game of rugby? Never so jog on matey!
Finally, had you been there you would have seen that 90% of his team mates and supporters were absolutely disgusted with his unprovoked actions!
[quote][p][bold]jonny mash[/bold] wrote: Rugger Thugger. These smug, boorish types love to take the high ground when criticising footballers who behave badly, no doubt his team mates cheered him off the pitch with some moronic song based on "I am the music man".[/p][/quote]The odd 'rugger thugger' doesn't compare to the large scale of hooliganism in football all around the world. Also, when have you ever heard of riots breaking out during or after a game of rugby? Never so jog on matey! Finally, had you been there you would have seen that 90% of his team mates and supporters were absolutely disgusted with his unprovoked actions! Quintilius
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5:42pm Mon 11 Aug 14

jonny mash says...

Quintilius wrote:
jonny mash wrote:
Rugger Thugger. These smug, boorish types love to take the high ground when criticising footballers who behave badly, no doubt his team mates cheered him off the pitch with some moronic song based on "I am the music man".
The odd 'rugger thugger' doesn't compare to the large scale of hooliganism in football all around the world. Also, when have you ever heard of riots breaking out during or after a game of rugby? Never so jog on matey!
Finally, had you been there you would have seen that 90% of his team mates and supporters were absolutely disgusted with his unprovoked actions!
Quintilius / Arsene Wenger - I take it you didn't see the disgraceful scenes that marred the Castleford v Widnes Rugger Challenge Cup game at the weekend? Just like the man in Orthopaedic shoes you stand corrected, I am glad I was not at the Woodford game as I would have been appalled by the 10% of his team mates and supporters who were NOT absolutely disgusted with his unprovoked actions. They were probably drinking beer from a watering can whilst singing " I once knew a girl called Regina, she had an enourmous van driver" or words to that effect.
[quote][p][bold]Quintilius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jonny mash[/bold] wrote: Rugger Thugger. These smug, boorish types love to take the high ground when criticising footballers who behave badly, no doubt his team mates cheered him off the pitch with some moronic song based on "I am the music man".[/p][/quote]The odd 'rugger thugger' doesn't compare to the large scale of hooliganism in football all around the world. Also, when have you ever heard of riots breaking out during or after a game of rugby? Never so jog on matey! Finally, had you been there you would have seen that 90% of his team mates and supporters were absolutely disgusted with his unprovoked actions![/p][/quote]Quintilius / Arsene Wenger - I take it you didn't see the disgraceful scenes that marred the Castleford v Widnes Rugger Challenge Cup game at the weekend? Just like the man in Orthopaedic shoes you stand corrected, I am glad I was not at the Woodford game as I would have been appalled by the 10% of his team mates and supporters who were NOT absolutely disgusted with his unprovoked actions. They were probably drinking beer from a watering can whilst singing " I once knew a girl called Regina, she had an enourmous van driver" or words to that effect. jonny mash
  • Score: -3

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