No jail over life-threatening football hit


An beginner footballer who was indignant about his brother’s damage on a Perth discipline has been spared a jail sentence for charging at a fellow participant, inflicting life-threatening inner bleeding.

Jake Ashley Salmon, 21, and Benjamin Michael Mooney had been taking part in at Gwynne Park in Armadale in May 2018 when Salmon’s brother, Adam, was elbowed to the chin and knocked unconscious by Mr Mooney.

Salmon later ran in the direction of Mr Mooney and hit his again with drive within the rib space, identified in AFL as a hip and shoulder bump, then a scuffle began, the WA District Court heard on Tuesday.

Mr Mooney felt ache in his chest and struggled to breathe after the sport, so he attended hospital the place it was found he was bleeding from a broken intercostal artery and his chest cavity was filling with blood.

He additionally suffered a fractured rib and was in hospital for seven days.

In an interview with police, Salmon mentioned he was indignant after the sufferer had knocked out his brother and it made him “fiery”.

The father-of-one has been taking part in football since he was 5 years outdated and his lawyer mentioned the incident was out of character, insisting Salmon was not a “football thug”.

In a letter of apology, Salmon acknowledged his actions had been irresponsible and harmful.

Judge Mark Herron, who’s a life member of the WA Amateur Football League, mentioned Mr Mooney might have died.

“Although football is a contact sport, what you did was not within the rules of the game, nor in my view, within the spirit of the game,” he mentioned.

“To attack somebody from behind when he was not expecting to be struck and was unable to properly defend himself was a cowardly attack.”

Judge Herron famous Mr Mooney was unable to drive or fly for six months as a consequence of lung harm and has retired from football.

Mr Mooney additionally suffered nightmares and a lack of urge for food that resulted in him dropping greater than 10 kilograms.

Salmon, who pleaded responsible to inflicting grievous bodily hurt, was sentenced to a 12-month community-based order and should pay $5000 to the sufferer.

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