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D'Arcy gets suspended jail term

AUSTRALIAN swimmer Nick D'Arcy has escaped a prison term after receiving a suspended sentence for assaulting former Commonwealth Games champion Simon Cowley.

D'Arcy, 21, had pleaded guilty to a charge of recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm on Cowley in a nightclub brawl last year and was sentenced in a Sydney court yesterday.

Prosecutors had asked the court to jail D'Arcy but his lawyers pleaded for a non-custodial sentence, arguing that D'Arcy had already suffered enough by being excluded from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The judge in charge of the case agreed and handed D'Arcy a suspended sentence of 14 months and 12 days, telling the court he had "very good prospects of rehabilitation."

"There is nothing to suggest that he presents a continuing danger to the community," magistrate John Favretto said.

In handing down his judgement, Favretto accepted that D'Arcy had been provoked by Cowley but said his response was excessive and intended to cause harm. He placed D'Arcy on a good behavior bond and ordered him to undergo counselling for alcohol, stress and anger management.

Outside the court, D'Arcy told reporters he regretted his actions and hoped Cowley would eventually forgive him.

"It was a terrible situation, which I have apologized for, and I deeply regret and I do hope one day he will be able to forgive me," D'Arcy said.

The decision means D'Arcy may be free to represent Australia at this year's world championships in Rome after he qualified by winning the 200 meters butterfly at this month's national championships.

D'Arcy was kicked off the Australian team for last year's Beijing Olympics after the fight with Cowley in a Sydney bar while he was out celebrating his selection in the Olympic team. Cowley slapped D'Arcy and he responded by striking him once in the face, causing serious injuries including a broken jaw and nose, fractured eye socket, crushed cheekbone and fractured palate.


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