A teenage boy has apologised to former Wales Rugby Union captain Gareth Thomas after he attacked him over his sexuality in Cardiff.
The 44-year-old said he hoped the perpetrator would “learn” from the experience after he opted for restorative justice, which allows victims to talk to perpetrators about the harm they have caused.
Mr Thomas, who came out as gay in 2009, posted a video to Twitter thanking the police and the people of Cardiff for their support following the attack.
He said he had opted to deal with his attacker using restorative justice because he thought the teenager "could learn more that way than any other way".
'A positive video'
Mr Thomas posted a video on Twitter explaining what had happened, with cuts and scratches visible on his face.
"This morning I have decided to make what I hope will be a positive video," Mr Thomas said.
"Last night I was the victim in my home city of a hate crime for my sexuality.
"Why I want it to be positive, is because I want to say thank you to the police who were involved and were very helpful and allowed me to do restorative justice with the people who did this, because I thought they could learn more that way than any other way.
"Also to the people of Cardiff who supported me and helped me, because there are a lot of people out there who want to hurt us, but unfortunately for them there are a lot more who want to help us heal, so this I hope will be a positive message."
Teenager 'apologetic' for actions
In a statement, South Wales Police said the incident happened on The Hayes in Cardiff city centre on Friday.
"We can confirm a local 16-year-old boy was dealt with by way of restorative justice following the incident at around 9pm.
"Restorative justice was at the request of Mr Thomas and accepted by the teenager who admitted assault and was apologetic for his actions.
"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."