Beale subsequently struck a member of the security staff
Kurtley James Beale, the eminent Rugby fullback, will find out sometime next month if he will go to trial for attempted battery.
The charges stem from an incident which occurred on June 8th, involving both Beale, 24, and security staff at the Victory Hotel, located in Brisbane. The incident occurred during early morning hours, just prior to a Test involving Australia vs. Wales.
Allegedly, hotel employees denied both Beale and his teammate Quade Cooper, entry onto the premises, which precipitated the incident. According to various sources, Beale subsequently struck a member of the security staff. The exact nature of the bouncer’s injuries is unknown at this time.
Although prior efforts at conciliation were unsuccessful, Beale’s lawyers commented on Wednesday that the case would now proceed to mediation. Although Beale did not appear in court on Wednesday, Brisbane Magistrates’ court records confirm that Beale’s case is scheduled for an additional mention in April. The court system will be notified of the results of Beale’s mediation activities within the same month.
The Australian Rugby Union has remained largely silent on the issue, postponing any punitive sanctions until after the courts have officially resolved the matter.
Beale, who soared to fame after signing on with the team, “The Waratahs” at only age 16, has remained close-lipped about the charges. Beale has been credited with major advancement of those of aboriginal descent in sports through his past exemplary performances.
Beale recently suffered a shoulder injury, and has since been benched. In the same game, Beale’s teammate James O’Conner suffered a mild concussion. Although the full extent of Beale’s condition is unknown, doctors expect O’Conner to recover from his injuries by this coming Friday.
It is unknown if the assault charges will have any impact on contract discussions between Beale and Melbourne. In a Tweet posted February 22nd, Beale mentioned that he was “feeling battered and bruised”.
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