Ospreys star Andrew Bishop fined for assault
OSPREYS and Wales player Andrew Bishop has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 in fines and compensation after throwing punches at a passer-by after a drunken night out with his team-mates.
Magistrates heard how the 27-year-old caught Allan Hornsey in the face with a punch which split his lip and needed eight stitches.
Bishop, who plays centre for the Ospreys, assaulted Mr Hornsey after he had asked him: "Are you all right?"
The rugby star had got to his feet after being slumped on the ground in a doorway in the middle of Cardiff's nightclub quarter at 2.50am.
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Bishop was drunk after downing five or six pints of beer plus vodka and Red Bull, the court was told.
He had been drinking in the popular Peppermint Lounge and Soda Bar in Mill Lane, Cardiff, with his Ospreys team-mates, who were on a team outing.
Prosecutor Katie Pidgeon told Cardiff magistrates: "The defendant was sat on the ground in a doorway with his head down.
"His victim saw him and was abused by him, and after saying 'are you all right' he was slapped in the face with the back of the hand."
The court heard that a friend of Mr Hornsey's intervened before Bishop punched him again in the face, cutting his upper lip.
"He was throwing punches with clenched fists with both hands," Miss Pidgeon told the court.
"Mr Hornsey, who had not retaliated, was bleeding and needed eight stitches in his lip in the unprovoked attack."
The court heard that Mr Hornsey had his shirt ripped in the attack in the early hours of August 20.
At first Bishop denied the assault but later admitted it when shown the scene captured by CCTV cameras.
Miss Pidgeon said: "He was ashamed and embarrassed. He had drunk five to six pints and also vodka and Red Bull. He was intoxicated."
Bishop's lawyer Stuart Hutton said his client "enormously regretted" the incident, which was completely out of character.
He said that Bishop, capped 16 times by Wales, was "mild, polite and regarded as a gentleman who breaks up arguments on the rugby pitch."
Mr Hutton said: "He has never been disciplined or shown any card apart from a yellow for being offside."
Team-mate and fellow Wales international Ryan Jones said in a written testimony that Bishop walked away from flare-ups and tried to calm things down.
Mr Hutton said: "The defendant cannot remember anything. He has no recollection apart from knowing his mobile phone had been destroyed."
Bishop, of Treorchy, Rhondda, admitted common assault and was ordered to pay £1,065, including a £465 fine and £500 compensation to Mr Hornsey.
Magistrate Frank Medina told him: "It saddens the court that someone with your reputation and clean record appears before the court."
Bishop, who was supported by his partner Rhia, said afterwards: "What happened does not represent the person I am.
"I have endeavoured to conduct my life with integrity and stand by values which are important."