A FORMER Welsh international junior cricketer who now coaches other youngsters ended up in court after he became involved in a fracas in Mold.
But it was accepted that William Higginson, 21, had come onto the scene at the tail end of the incident, was assaulted and then threatened the man he believed to be responsible by throwing a punch at him.
Higginson, of Cae Berwyn, Sychdyn, admitted a public order offence after an incident outside The Dolphin pub in the early hours of February 1.
District Judge Gwyn Hughes, sitting at Flintshire Magistrates Court, said he had been persuaded not to impose a community order or fine, but a 12 month conditional discharge, with £185 costs.
“It is quite clear that you had been assaulted and got involved by threatening another person,” Mr Hughes said.
Higginson was a man of good character with good community ties who worked in the community, particularly with the Northop Hall Cricket Club, Mr Hughes said.
The court heard police were informed by CCTV operators that 30 people were taking part in a disturbance.
Police arrived and it was quite clear an incident had taken place. Higgins approached officers in an extremely upset condition and said he had been assaulted.
When the CCTV was analysed, the man who Higginson said had assaulted him was seen backing away as punches were thrown towards him.
Damian Sabino, defending, said his client was a hard-working young man of good character who, for the last 10 years had been involved with the Northop Hall Cricket Club, which had written him a reference.
Higginson played for Wales as a junior and as a senior was a cricket coach at the club.
“He is not somebody who would be involved in public fighting,” Mr Sabino said.
That night he had been out with friends. A crowd gathered outside the Dolphin and trouble broke out.
Higginson was punched and was knocked to the ground and had been left with a scar across his face and a tooth had been knocked out.
Up to 50 people had been involved, he said, but only his client had been prosecuted.
He got up and threw a punch against the person who had seriously assaulted him.
But for the fact that Higginson had gone to the police to say he had been assaulted, he would not have been prosecuted.
There had been provocation and he had acted on impulse.
Mr Sabino said a community order or a fine could raise “safeguarding issues” because of the good work he did with young people, and he said in the exceptional circumstances his client found himself in, a conditional discharge would be appropriate.
Mr Hughes said he had been persuaded that a conditional discharge was appropriate.
He said Higginson could have left the scene and would probably have to concede he had drunk more alcohol than was good for him