Charged footballer in hospital
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.