You're missing the point. Malice or not was irrelevant. He was charged with a dangerous throw, not a malicious throw. And it was a dangerous throw. Er, end of.
I'm not missing any point. The factual content of the tackle is relevant to the judgement and starting point of the punishment. This can be adjusted according to circumstantial evidence eg perceived intent.
Malice, intent etc are relevant to this discussion and the reaction to the tackle on this forum.
It was a bad one for sure, and I think we can read a lot into how Ferres reacted to it both immediately afterwards and in the disciplinary process. Thank goodness Lomax is ok.
Irrespective of whether Ferres got himself all mixed up the tackle was an extremely dangerous one and the ban, if not punishment, should at least serve as a catalyst for Ferres to sort his tackling style out and as a warning to other players.
Integrity is shown when no-one is looking.