Leigh centre Anthony Gelling has been found not guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm on his ex-wife.
Gelling was the star of the show for Leigh against Wigan last night, but this morning a jury took just over four hours to reach their verdict.
The court had previously heard how he had punched ex-wife Toni Mackey, breaking her nose and eye socket as well as causing a black eye and chipped tooth. Gelling said he acted in self-defence to avoid being run over.
One Twitter user was upset to say the least.
Imagine the hero your child was looking up to was capable of doing this… And then instead of being remorseful makes up a ludicrous story of self defence.. If these crimes aren’t punished how will we ever see change? Domestic violence is at its highest in 14 years in England pic.twitter.com/kbfNlAbS5X
— Mel Cahill (@MelCahill8) May 18, 2021