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Inglis to defend assault charge

Inglis to defend assault charge

Australian rugby league star Greg Inglis told a Melbourne court Wednesday he will contest a charge of assaulting his girlfriend.
Inglis, 22, appeared before the Sunshine Magistrates' Court in suburban Melbourne on Wednesday for the third time to answer charges he assaulted Sally Robinson on Aug. 9. Through his lawyers, Inglis said he was protecting Robinson, not assaulting her when the incident occurred.
He faces charges of unlawful assault and recklessly causing injury.
Magistrate Noreen Toohey at first urged Inglis's counsel to further discuss the charges with police, but they returned to court within an hour to say no settlement could be reached and the matter would be contested.
Lawyer Michael Croucher, for Inglis, said his defense would be based on factual argument and on self defense _ that Inglis was protecting Robinson from herself.
At the completion of the hearing Ms Toohey extended bail for Inglis, who did not speak to reporters as he left court. The contested hearing will now take place on April 12.
Inglis, who is regarded as one of the best rugby league players in the world, is now free to play for Australia in the Four Nations tournament which begins in Britain and France later this month. He has scored 13 tries in 12 tests for Australia
Last month Inglis scored a second-half try and kicked a clinching field goal in the final minutes to lead the Melbourne Storm over the Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League grand final.


Updated : 2021-10-18 13:24 GMT+08:00