Retired St Helens rugby player beat 15-year-old boy unconscious and broke his nose in 'revenge for bullying his son' but the 48-year-old star is spared jail for assault | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Retired St Helens rugby player beat 15-year-old boy unconscious and broke his nose in 'revenge for bullying his son' but the 48-year-old star is spared jail for assault

He said: 'I'm quite prepared to accept that you genuinely believed your son had been bullied and that either the complainant Cole Olverson or one of his friends was the person who had bulled your son.

'I'm quite prepared to accept that because from what I've heard about you, you wouldn't have carried out this attack unless there was this genuine belief.

'But the first thing it is important to say, whether there was this genuine belief or not, is this isn't the way to deal with things.

'You don't take the law into your own hands, which is what you did. You're a strong powerful man. He is a 15-year-old boy.

'It was inevitable who was going to come out the worse and that is what happened.

'You repeatedly punched him to the face. I hope you've seen those injuries and seen what you did to that boy.'

Since the attack Cole has struggled with breathing and has depression and anxiety.

Cole was stood with friends behind the Golden Lion pub at around 4.35pm on December 4 last year.

Liverpool Crown Court heard he received a Snapchat message from Matautia's son, asking where he was, but did not respond.

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