Two Great Britain rugby league stars walked free from court today after they were sentenced for assault.
Stuart Reardon, 27, was given a 12-week suspended sentence at Bradford Magistrates’ Court after earlier admitting that he assaulted his estranged wife Kay after finding out she was seeing another man.
Leon Pryce, also 27, was ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work after he pleaded guilty to assaulting Mrs Reardon’s new partner in the same incident.
Sentencing the pair, deputy district judge Alan Fowler described the assault last July as ``astonishingly frightening''.
The court heard full-back Reardon, whose contract with Warrington Wolves has been terminated as a result of the incident, separated from his wife in February last year and began divorce proceedings in May.
But he said he was "heartbroken" when friends told him Mrs Reardon was having a relationship with a new man, Damon O’Brien.
Reardon asked St Helens stand-off Pryce to accompany him to Mr O’Brien’s flat so he could "see for himself".
The defendants, who had both been drinking, went to the flat but when neither Mrs Reardon nor Mr O’Brien opened the door, Reardon sent a text message to his wife’s new boyfriend, claiming their young son was in hospital.
He then shoulder-charged the door, breaking the frame and the lock.
After shouting at his wife and calling her insulting names, Reardon, from Halifax, West Yorkshire, grabbed her arm "momentarily", causing three bruises.
Pryce, from Bradford, then pushed Mr O’Brien, who had armed himself with a rounders bat "for his own protection", causing him to stumble backwards and hit his head and neck on a pedal bin.