Queensland court finds Sarginson not guilty of assault after pub brawl

Former England international Dan Sarginson has been been acquitted of all criminal charges relating to an incident at Burleigh Heads Hotel, Queensland, in June.

Sarginson, 24, pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm after a one-day trial in the Southport Magistrates Court.

He was also found not guilty of the alternate charge of common assault after Magistrate Mark Howden found he had acted in self defence when pushing a bouncer.

Footage played to the court showed ex-Wigan centre Sarginson, who was out drinking with Gold Coast teammate Kevin Proctor and two friends from England, being pushed down a flight of stairs before a scuffle broke out between he and three security guards.

The court heard Sarginson was pinned to the ground after he pushed one of the guards and sustained further injury to his shoulder, which he had surgery on only weeks earlier.

He was allegedly kneed in the back and punched in the face by a security guard, who the court heard had been charged following the incident.

A witness described the scuffle as a “vile attack” on Sarginson with two of the three security guards involved no longer working at the hotel.

London-born Sarginson has made only three NRL appearances for the Titans, with his first season marred by the shoulder injury damaged further in the attack.

He had previously arrived in Australia with big expectations after impressing locals while playing for England during the 2014 Four Nations Down Under.

After been acquitted of all criminal charges, Sarginson will now focus on regaining full fitness ahead of the 2018 season.

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