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Watch: CCTV of NRL star Jack Wighton's drunken violent attack released, avoids jail

Canberra fullback Jack Wighton is free to get on with his NRL career after being handed a two-month suspended jail sentence for assaulting five men.

With the 25-year-old avoiding prison time, he is likely to be available for selection in the Raiders' round one clash next year on the Gold Coast.

He appeared for sentencing on Wednesday after pleading guilty to assault charges stemming from a wild night out in February.

After being fined and suspended by the NRL this year, chief executive Todd Greenberg says Wighton will receive no further sanctions from the game's governing body.

"If you look at the sanctions he received a fine from the game, which was effectively ten times what he got in the court of law. I think his punishment's served," Greenberg told reporters on Wednesday.

Video footage of the incident at 3am on February 3 has been released, which shows him throwing punches and headbutting random men.

Greenberg described the vision as "disgraceful", but the NRL already banned Wighton for 10 games and fining him $30,000 (NZD $32,000) this year after watching the footage.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25: Jack Wighton of the Raiders in action for Canberra in an NRL match against the Manly Sea Eagles at GIO Stadium on May 25, 2018 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
Jack Wighton of the Raiders in action for Canberra in an NRL match against the Manly Sea Eagles at GIO Stadium. Source: Getty

The Raiders were furious at the time after the NRL decided their proposed ban of six games for Wighton was too lenient.

"I saw that vision 4-5 months ago, which is why I made the decision that I did at the time," Greenberg said.

"It's very rare that we come in over the top of a club on a disciplinary matter, but we did on this occasion and I'm satisfied we made the right decision there."

The Canberra fullback was fined $32,000 by the NRL and is free to carry on with his league career. Source: Fairfax


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