Police confirm teenage boy has admitted homophobic assault
A 16-year-old boy has admitted assaulting Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas.
Thomas took to social media on Sunday morning to confirm he was the victim of a homophobic attack in Cardiff after Wales’ win over Tonga.
The 44-year-old became the first openly gay professional rugby union player when he came out as gay in 2009.
— Gareth Thomas (@gareththomas14) November 18, 2018
South Wales Police confirmed a 16-year-old had been dealt with “by way of restorative justice” after the incident, which happened at around 9pm on Saturday.
Police said the teen admitted assault and was apologetic for his actions, while restorative justice was at the request of Mr Thomas.
A South Wales Police statement read: “Restorative justice is about putting victim needs at the centre of the criminal justice system, finding positive solutions to crime and encouraging young people to be accountable for the consequences of their actions.
“Hate crime has no place in society and has always been a priority for South Wales Police.”