Teenager jailed for ‘cowardly’ stamp in rugby league match

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A teenage rugby league player has been jailed for stamping on an opponent’s head and fracturing his skull during a match.

Hunslet Warriors player Jake Corney had to have metal plates and screws fitted in his skull following the on-field attack by Castleford Panthers player Kieron Arundel.

The incident happened during a match at the Castleford Panthers ground on September 26, 2010, when both players were just 16 years old.

Arundel, now 18, of Redhill Drive, Castleford, was jailed for two years and three months after being found guilty of wounding with intent after a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Jailing him, Recorder Brian Cox described Arundel’s actions as “cowardly”.

He said: “This was a vicious attack. Afterwards, you were boastful and arrogant.

“You were proud of your disgraceful behaviour and I must pass a sentence that demonstrates to you and others involved in contact sports that this sort of behaviour is wholly unacceptable.

“Having seen you give evidence and watched your demeanour in court, I am satisfied that you have no remorse whatsoever. I think you are indifferent to what you did.

“Your behaviour on the rugby field was cowardly and you have not had the guts to admit what you did and you contested the trial.”

The trial heard Jake was punched to the ground when he tried to break up a fight as tempers flared during the game.

Arundel then stood over him and kicked him in the ribs before stamping on his head.

Jake was left with a deep indentation on his forehead and had to undergo surgery at Leeds General Infirmary.

The former South Leeds Academy pupil missed four months of studying for his A levels and could not play the game for several months.

Jake made a full recovery and went on to be selected to represent his county at under 18 level before signing professional papers at Bradford.

After the hearing, Jake, of Rochford Close, Hunslet, told the YEP he was pleased with the sentence.

His dad David said he hoped the conviction would mean Arundel would now be banned from the sport for life.

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