A RUGBY player who squeezed a stranger’s breasts in a pub and then smashed a glass in her face has been jailed for two years.
Former Huddersfield Giants winger Greg Johnson, of Newsome Road, Newsome, pleaded guilty to sexual assault and grievous bodily harm following the attack on Belinda Kelly in Yates’s bar in Huddersfield.
At Bradford Crown Court yesterday Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC told Johnson he wasn’t free to “molest anyone who took his fancy” and then attack them with a glass when they took exception to being “sexually molested in such a casual and loutish fashion”.
Secretary Belinda Kelly, from Crosland Moor, was knocked to the floor by the glass Johnson threw at her and was left with permanent scarring on her nose and damage to the sight in her left eye.
Following the sentencing Mrs Kelly, 26, told the Examiner she was “pleased” Johnson, 21, had gone to prison, saying his sentence was a clear message to other people in the public eye that they can’t get away with unruly behaviour.
Johnson has now been sacked from Wakefield Wildcats. As well as being jailed, he was given a concurrent three-month jail term for the sexual assault and will sign the sex offenders’ register for seven years.
However, the judge heard that the rugby league club would have given him a new contract had he not lost his liberty.