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A cricket match striker will hold a grudge for his anxiety

A social cricketer who attacked two opponents says he cannot do his community work because of his anxiety.

William John Campbell (39) was sentenced to nine months of custody and 60 hours of community service after pleading guilty to both assaults in Dunedin District Court in May.

Last month, the Otago Cricket Association banned him from playing for three and a half years, retroactive to January, when the incident occurred at Bayfield Park.

The association confirmed that Campbell had refused to participate in any stage of the disciplinary process, and the court heard yesterday that the man had taken a similar approach to his community service sentence.

Due to his inaction, Probation sought an overturn of the sentence and resentment of the defendant.

Campbell, through his lawyer Sarah Saunderson-Warner, agreed to the cancellation, providing a letter from his doctor outlining his anxiety and stress issues.

Judge Michael Turner doubted the validity of the defendant’s claims.

It was not clear from the medical report, he said, whether the doctor was aware of the circumstances behind the violence.

“He was playing social cricket. He didn’t seem to have social anxiety at the time, ”the judge said.

Campbell was guarding the wicket for his team, the ‘Mad Magpies’, when the incident took place.

He argued with a referee – a member of the opposing team – during a wide appeal and continued to reprimand the victim.

The players tried to calm Campbell down, but he confronted the 53-year-old and asked him “to fix the problem, here and now”.

The second victim, who was at bat at the time, intervened and told the accused to continue the game.

He responded by pushing him in the face and then hitting the referee on the head.

The game has been discontinued.

Campbell has been remanded in custody until a hearing next month where an alternative sentence will be imposed.

“I doubt your truthfulness when you say you are anxious in public. Given the context of the offense, the alternative sentence would be to be subjected to an ankle bracelet and to be confined to your home, ”Judge Turner said.

If there was no suitable address for electronic surveillance, the only other option was imprisonment, he said.

And the judge sent Campbell a final farewell as he left the dock.

“The next time you appear in court, take your hands out of your pockets,” he said.

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