THE ex-wife of Leigh Centurions centre Anthony Gelling has spoken out after he was found not guilty of inflicting GBH, the Warrington Guardian has reported.
Gelling was ascquitted by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court after four hours, though the 30-year-old did admit to punching Toni Mackey in the face.
But the jury agreed with Gelling’s version of events, who told the court he only did so in self-defence as he feared he would be run over by the car she was reversing.
The court heard that Ms Mackey attended Whiston Hospital in the early hours of February 7 due to the pain she was experiencing, and was found to have broken her nose and fractured an eye socket as well as suffering chipped teeth.
Ms Mackey says she hopes the outcome of the trial does not prevent women from speaking out against domestic violence.
“My car door was opened and I was punched in the face. I did not have time to stop the car or protect my face from being broken,” she said.
“I feel the mayor who was there to support the game (Leigh Centurions v Wigan the evening before the verdict was delivered), the RFL and Super League glorified it by playing him and giving him man of the match after admitting he hit me while the jury was making its decision.
“It is a disturbing message to send to young fans and women in general.
“I hope my outcome does not prevent other women from speaking out against domestic violence in the future.
“It is the only way to make a change.”