Ex-cricketer admits assault on father


A prominent former cricketer has been sentenced to two years’ probation after admitting an assault on his father.

Chris Foggo, 38, a former St George’s Cup Match and Bermuda wicketkeeper-batsman, appeared for sentencing in Magistrates’ Court last Friday.

Foggo, from St George’s, pleaded guilty to charges that he “unlawfully assaulted Vernon Foggo and thereby did him bodily harm”, and that he “did physically abuse a senior” on April 29.

Cindy Clarke, prosecuting, said the defendant hit his father with a helmet.

The court heard that in a victim impact statement the elder Foggo said he had suffered a black eye, and a small cut to his nose.

The court heard that the elder Foggo’s injuries are not serious, and there are no permanent effects.

Ms Clarke submitted that a sentence of three years’ probation would be appropriate and submitted that the defendant’s name be added to the senior abuse register.

Lawyer Marc Daniels, representing Foggo, said that the matter was “an unfortunate case”. He said his client recognises that much of his challenges with his family are brought about “by reason of his drinking”.

Mr Daniels said “a heavy drinking culture underpins” the sport of cricket in Bermuda.

He added that his client no longer lives with his parents.

Mr Daniels submitted that a sentence of two years’ probation was appropriate. He said his client was willing to participate in anger management counselling.

Addressing the court, Foggo said: “I am sorry for what happened. I am deeply remorseful for it and I look forward to making amends to my family for what I have put them through.”

Sentencing, senior magistrate Juan Wolffe said he had considered Foggo’s guilty plea, the defendant’s “genuine regret and remorse”, and the contents of a social inquiry report.

Mr Wolffe said “senior abuse is always a serious matter before the courts”.

Conditions include abstaining from the use of alcohol and illicit substances, submitting to drug and alcohol testing, participating in and completing any counselling deemed necessary by the department of court services, and participating in and completing any treatment deemed necessary by the department of court services, including anger management.

The defendant’s name is to be entered into the senior abuse register.

After delivering the sentence, Mr Wolffe said to Foggo: “There is one simple solution, which is what?”

Foggo replied: “Stop drinking.”

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