A former rugby joining star who punched an determined immature actor in a drunken, unprovoked conflict during a bar has been branded a disgrace.
Matthew Sarsfield, 26, played for clubs including Salford Red Devils, Leigh, Halifax and Dewsbury, though a justice listened he has now ‘left his veteran career behind him’.
A ‘clearly drunk’ Sarsfield punched Daniel Jackson, 24, once during a Cafe Stella bar in Leigh, Wigan, withdrawal him wanting 15 stitches to his bottom mouth and potentially scarred for life, magistrates were told.
At Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court Sarsfield, a second-rower who left Swinton Lions rugby joining bar in May after a attack, pleaded guilty to wrong wounding.
He was jailed for 6 months, dangling for dual years, systematic to finish 150 hours of delinquent work and compensate Mr Jackson £2,000 in compensation.
The justice listened there was a ‘clear disparity’ in tallness and distance between Sarsfield and Mr Jackson, who has seemed in tiny roles in Coronation Street and other TV dramas.
Melvyn Higson, authority of a bench, described Sarsfield’s poise as ‘disgraceful’.
He said: “It was an unprovoked conflict in a open bar while we were intoxicated. We were disgusted to listen to what has been said.”
The justice listened Mr Jackson was in a bar with dual friends in a early hours of Apr 2 celebrating after operative his final change during a pub.
Steve Woodman, prosecuting, pronounced Sarsfield and his friends were ‘messing about’ on a dance floor. He pronounced Sarsfield knew a crony Mr Jackson was with and began articulate to her.
In a matter a lady pronounced Sarsfield was ‘clearly drunk’ and ‘being utterly smarmy’, a justice heard.
“It was if he wanted to have a dance with me,” she said.
“I only incited divided and walked behind to my group. He seemed by my side and he was being assertive to my dual friends.”
The justice listened Sarsfield, of Avocet Close in Leigh, afterwards shouted: “I could have we both outside.”
Mr Woodman said: “Without irritation he punched Daniel Jackson in a face.
“That blow knocked a plant to a floor. He was left in evident pain and blood was purgation from his mouth.”
The justice listened a lady asked Sarsfield ‘what a f*** did we do that for?’, afterwards slapped him. He was afterwards thrown out by bouncers.
Mr Jackson was taken to AE by his relatives afterwards eliminated to sanatorium in Blackburn for dilettante treatment.
Another crony he was with pronounced in a plant impact statement: “The punch came out of nowhere.
“I remember feeling repelled when we saw Daniel tumble to a floor.”
In his statement, Mr Jackson pronounced his teeth were left manifest by a hole in his bottom lip.
He said: “This was totally unprovoked. we have never even met Mr Sarsfield before and we have no issues with him.
“He assaulted me for no reason. He is distant bigger than me – a 6ft veteran rugby joining player. we am not assertive in any way.”
Mr Jackson pronounced he was forced to cancel a series of auditions and could hardly speak.
Shahid Ali, fortifying Sarsfield, pronounced his customer was ‘full of bewail and upset’.
“Mr Sarsfield was physically jarred and utterly confounded and repelled when he saw a CCTV,” he added.
“He is deeply apologetic and expresses his distress and regret.”
Mr Ali combined that after injuries, Sarsfield had ‘left his veteran rugby joining career behind’ after some-more than 10 years.
“Something clearly triggered that night,” he said.
“It is not common practice. His bargain is that something was said.”