Disturbing Footage Of NRL Player's Drunken Rampage Released
Footage has emerged of NRL player Jack Wighton on an alcohol-fuelled rampage in the Canberra CBD in February.
The footage was released on Wednesday after Wighton, 25, was sentenced in the ACT Magistrates Court.
The Canberra Raiders fullback pleaded guilty back in June to two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, three counts of common assault, and one charge of public urination after a night out that turned ugly.
He was today handed a two-month suspended jail sentence, a one-year good behaviour bond, and fined $3,500.
The NRL had already fined Wighton $30,000 and banned him for 10 matches back in July -- a huge increase on the six matches (and no fine) originally proposed by the Raiders. The 10-match ban effectively ended his 2018 season.
In court, Wighton said "it has been difficult on everyone".
"I was in the wrong to a degree that night and I fully accept that," he said.
CCTV footage of the scuffle shows Wighton punching and headbutting victims near the now-closed Academy nightclub in Canberra.
Wighton said he had received counselling since the incident, and was volunteering with young children.
Magistrate Bernadette Boss said Wighton has many positive character references and also took into account his suspension and fine.
She reminded Wighton that he was "very fortunate no worse harm came to your victims".
10 daily understands that Wighton will be eligible to play from round one in the 2019 NRL competition.