UK vacationer cleared of assaulting rugby star
A British vacationer has been discovered not responsible of assaulting Australia’s former Rugby Sevens captain James Stannard.
Sam Oliver, 23, had been accused of knocking Stannard to the pavement with a single punch, leaving him with a fractured cranium.
The confrontation happened exterior a Sydney kebab store within the early hours of 30 March.
On Wednesday, Justice of the Peace Richard Funston discovered Mr Oliver not responsible of recklessly inflicting grievous bodily hurt.
“I’ve come to the view that I’m not happy past affordable doubt that this very severe cost could be made out,” Justice of the Peace Funston mentioned.
He mentioned “alcohol performed an enormous half” within the “unlucky incident” and each males had been closely intoxicated on the time.
Witnesses had additionally been intoxicated and relayed inconsistent reminiscences, the Justice of the Peace added.
Mr Oliver’s lawyer advised a court docket listening to that Mr Stannard had sworn at his shopper, utilizing an anti-British expletive, and had thrown the primary punch, leaving him with a black eye.
The court docket additionally heard from a paramedic who mentioned Mr Oliver acknowledged “there was a combat however denied the king hit” – Australian slang for a single punch.
Prosecutors alleged Mr Oliver had thrown the one punch within the confrontation.
Following the decision in Downing Centre native court docket, Mr Oliver mentioned he was “fairly relieved”.
“Nothing good occurs after 2 o’clock,” he advised reporters. “I must let my mum know immediately. She is anxious sick.”
Mr Stannard, who retired from rugby in June, mentioned he was upset.
“I really feel like the reality didn’t come out within the listening to,” he mentioned.