Ex-Leigh rugby league player cleared by court after man's jaw was broken
9:20am Thursday 14th February 2013 in North West
A former Leigh Centurion's rugby league player accused of injuring another man has been cleared.
A jury at Liverpool Crown Court found Adam Bibey not guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Gary Taylor and he was discharged.
It had been alleged that Mr Bibey, of Formby Avenue, Atherton attacked Mr Taylor as he believed that Mr Taylor had damaged a windscreen wiper on his vehicle.
Mr Taylor told the court about 8.15 pm on New Years Eve 2011 he was in Bolton Road, Atherton, when Bibey, whom he knew from the area, pulled up in his car and started talking about windscreen wipers.
He said he did not know what he was talking about and Mr Bibey punched him on the jaw and he fell to the ground.
The court heard that he lost a tooth but did not go to hospital until the next day and it was discovered that his jaw was broken in two places. He underwent surgery and had plates and screws inserted.
Mr Bibey, 26, formerly of Bolton Old Road, Atherton, denied the offence and told the court that he had acted in self-defence after Mr Taylor struck him.