Marley Williams faces 10 years jail

http://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/a/21587732/collingwoods-williams-guilty-of-gbh/

 

[media]Collingwood young gun Marley Williams has been convicted of grievous bodily harm for breaking a man's jaw in a brutal one-punch attack outside a nightclub.

Williams' family and supporters slumped in their seats and wept as the jury at Albany District Court delivered the verdict following more than two-and-a-half hours of deliberations.

The 20-year-old had been charged with grievous bodily harm over the attack on 29-year-old Matthew Robertson during the Christmas holidays in 2012, and the jury had been told they had the option of finding Williams guilty of the lesser charge of assault.

But the 12-person panel found Williams guilty of the more serious charge, which carries a possible maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

He will be sentenced in April.

The Magpies defender had pleaded not guilty to a count of grievous bodily harm over the violence outside Studio 146, which began when Williams ran into three men, including Mr Robertson, in the toilets.

Williams told police he had been assaulted there, and "I wasn't going to let them get the better of me".

But in court, he denied he had been angry and out for revenge when he hit Mr Robertson, claiming he feared for his own safety as the men approached him on the street.

"I threw a punch that I didn't think about - it was a reflex punch. I threw it to tell them to back off," Williams said.

"I was not intending to hurt anyone. It was more of a warning punch. It was either strike or be beaten up."

But prosecutors said Williams was acting out of "malicious, vindictive vengeance" when he swung the left-handed punch, which left Mr Robertson needing an emergency flight to Perth for surgery.

Prosecutor Tony Loudon said Williams attacked a man who was standing in an "utterly defensive position", posing no threat with his arms folded.

"He moves his weight to increase the power of his punch," Mr Loudon said. "This was a powerful punch, and he was intending to put his whole body behind it.

"How is that reasonable to defend himself against a man with his arms folded?"

Prosecutors applied to have Williams jailed until the sentencing hearing, but that was refused by Justice Julie Wager.

Instead Williams was bailed, with conditions he report weekly to Richmond police station.

Justice Wager did warn Williams that the offence was one which would ordinarily attract an immediate prison term.

Outside court, neither Williams nor his lawyers commented about the verdict.[/media]

 

 

Does his coach have AFL Accreditation?

Surely he has bought the game into disrepute?

but but but,

 

DRUGS

He wants to be a fire fighter.

All good.

He’ll get slapped on the wrist with a feather.

sounds like marley punched a douchie with his left hand side

Collingwood are really leading the way at reaching out to their supporters through direct interaction with their players. 

Collingwood are really leading the way at reaching out to their supporters through direct interaction with their players. 

It's a "hands on" approach.

From wearing prison bars to behind them.

Ok...I hope the AFL doesn't allow the Pies to use an elevated rookie in Williams' place.

Ok...I hope the AFL doesn't allow the Pies to use an elevated rookie in Williams' place.

but he gave someone a long-term injury... isn't that how it works?

Ok...I hope the AFL doesn't allow the Pies to use an elevated rookie in Williams' place.

■■■■ off! If they lose someone off their list for the year, no matter what the circumstances, they should be allowed a replacement.

Objected to Melbourne replacing Broadbridge did you?

 

Ok...I hope the AFL doesn't allow the Pies to use an elevated rookie in Williams' place.

fark off! If they lose someone off their list for the year, no matter what the circumstances, they should be allowed a replacement.

Objected to Melbourne replacing Broadbridge did you?

 

Jail isn't an injury.  Death however, is one of the most serious injuries I can think of.  

 

Ok...I hope the AFL doesn't allow the Pies to use an elevated rookie in Williams' place.

but he gave someone a long-term injury... isn't that how it works?

 

And he gets a Long Term Incarceration. 

 

 

Ok...I hope the AFL doesn't allow the Pies to use an elevated rookie in Williams' place.

fark off! If they lose someone off their list for the year, no matter what the circumstances, they should be allowed a replacement.

Objected to Melbourne replacing Broadbridge did you?

 

Jail isn't an injury.  Death however, is one of the most serious injuries I can think of.  

 

it is if you drop soap

You'd laugh if he ended up a gun at Richmond, reverse-Krakouer style

I'm confused. Some guys assaulted him in the toilet. He got his own back on the street?

Bit too much schadenfreude in this thread for mine. Without naming names it might be worth remembering that there are at least 2 first 22 players on our list who'll be looking at this mess and thinking "There but for the grace of God go I" and then shuddering with relief.

Bit too much schadenfreude in this thread for mine. Without naming names it might be worth remembering that there are at least 2 first 22 players on our list who'll be looking at this mess and thinking "There but for the grace of God go I" and then shuddering with relief.

After the last 12 months, I think we're entitled to a little schadenfreude (a word that I totally knew before today and didn't have to google).