Rugby star admits assaulting partner as she held their baby

Gareth Raynor
Gareth Raynor

A Great Britain rugby league star has admitting assaulting his partner as she held their baby.

Gareth Raynor, 35, assaulted his partner Jade Sharlotte while she was holding the couple’s nine-month-old baby, Wakefield Magistrates’ Court heard.

Raynor, of The Mount, Pontefract played on the wing for Great Britain and Super League sides Hull and Bradford, before retiring last May.

The court heard that on March 9 Raynor was frustrated at not being able to find a note given to him by police who had seized his car.

Miss Sharlotte found it and gave it to Raynor, who called the number but then started shouting at his partner because her the number wasn’t working.

The phone at the couple’s home started to ring and Rayner shouted downstairs, telling Miss Sharlotte not to answer it.

He snatched the phone from her hand, causing it to fly up and strike her in the face. She suffered a cut lip and cuts and scratches to her face.

She told police: “My lip immediately began to bleed and blood was dripping on our child.”

Kim Foley, mitigating for Raynor, said: “He is not proud of what he has done. It is hoped that once this case concludes, the family unit can reconcile.”

Sentencing was adjourned until next month.

In May 2010, Raynor was jailed for 15 months after admitting 14 counts of fraud and counterfeiting in connection with a fake ink cartridge and computer game scam.