Charged foot­baller in hos­pi­tal

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

ROOST­ERS NRL player Shaun Kenny- Dowall ( pic­tured) has not ap­peared in court on as­sault charges be­cause he’s been ad­mit­ted to a Syd­ney hos­pi­tal.

The 27- year- old was ar­rested on Satur­day and charged with 10 of­fences over the com­mon as­sault and stalk­ing of his for­mer part­ner Jes­sica Peris, which al­legedly oc­curred be­tween Oc­to­ber and June.

His lawyer Chris Wat­son yesterday said his client was a pa­tient at Wes­ley Hos­pi­tal and Kenny- Dowall’s fam­ily and club had him ad­mit­ted on Tues­day af­ter un­der­go­ing a men­tal health as­sess­ment.

Kenny- Dowall is be­lieved to be plan­ning to plead not guilty.

How­ever, Mr Wat­son said he hadn’t had the chance to speak to his client.

“I have not dis­cussed the case with him yet,” he told re­porters out­side court.

Mr Wat­son said Ken­nyDowall was “not well’’ and didn’t know if he would ap­pear at his next court date.

“They didn’t give me a crys­tal ball with the law de­gree,’’ he said.

Court pa­pers al­lege Ken­nyDowall as­saulted Ms Peris last Oc­to­ber and again in Fe­bru­ary, March, April and June this year.

His mat­ter has been listed for men­tion at Waver­ley Lo­cal Court on Au­gust 6.

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