Collingwood’s Marley Williams has been given a suspended sentence over an Albany nightclub assault.
The incident involved the young Magpie player assaulting a man which left him with a broken jaw outside a nightclub in December 2012. The 20-year-old was found guilty by a jury for grievous bodily harm.
Prosecutors had pushed for Williams to be jailed but District Court Judge Julie Wager ruled that Williams should receive a 12 month suspended sentencing.
Judge Wager took into account earlier events of the night where it was reported that Williams was the victim of an assault by three men. Williams’ attack was labelled an attack of revenge.
There have been comparisons of Williams’ assault to the crime committed by West Coast’s Murray Newman, who received 12 months jail for breaking the jaw of a man outside another nightclub.
Williams is likely to resume playing for Collingwood’s VFL team in the upcoming weeks. – Noah La’ulu
Top photo from Marley’s Twitter page.