Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ex-Rugby League Player Knocked out Boy Accused of Bullying His Son

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ex-Rugby League Player Knocked out Boy Accused of Bullying His Son

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AN ex-rugby league player knocked a boy out and broke his nose for allegedly bullying his son, a court heard.

Vila Matautia, an ex-Samoan international who starred for St Helens and later Leigh Centurions, pleaded guilty to assaulting a teenager when he appeared before Liverpool Crown Court.

Former prop forward Matautia, 48, claimed he struck the young victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, because he had been bullying his son.

Before he admitted a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm, the defendant's barrister, Tom Watson, requested a Goodyear indication from Judge Steven Everett.

There This is an indication of the likely maximum sentence an offender will receive if they plead guilty - a legal deal that can prevent a trial from taking place.

Mr In response, Judge Everett asked prosecutors to outline the incident, which happened at around 4.35pm, on December 4 last year.

Simon Duncan, prosecuting, said the victim was standing with friends behind a pub been in a Merseyside village before the attack.

off He received a Snapchat message, purportedly from Matautia's son's account, asking where he was, but did not respond.

Matautia walked down the side of the pub towards him and the boy, who did not know who Matautia was, asked 'are you alright?' According to the M.E.N's sister title, the Liverpool Echo, Mr Duncan said: "The defendant didn't reply and just walked up to him and punched him in the face with his right hand.

"The punch knocked him, he said, unconscious at that point, however, he regained consciousness to some degree and was aware that the defendant had continued to punch him around five times."

The boy said Matautia stood over him and said 'you're a bully'.

Mr Duncan said he got out his phone as if to take a photo of the boy lying on the ground and Matautia's son was also spotted in the area.

The boy was taken to hospital where he was treated for a fractured nasal bone, a cut to his nose, plus bruising to his forehead, left cheek and jaw. …

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