NRL star charged in fi­ancee as­sault

‘It’s not the first time he’s been in a bother’

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - DANIELLE GUSMAROLI, HENRY LYNCH & DER­RICK KRUSCHE

NRL star Dy­lan Walker has been charged with bash­ing his fi­ancee, amid re­ports she was seen cow­er­ing in the street.

For­mer Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia fi­nal­ist Alexan­dra Ivkovic was al­legedly as­saulted out­side their home in Dee Why, on Syd­ney’s north­ern beaches, on Wed­nes­day.

Yes­ter­day Ms Ivkovic, 24, who suf­fered mi­nor cuts to her shoul­der, leg and feet, had left their three-bed­room home on Prescott Ave to stay with her par­ents nearby.

She had been treated on the road­side by paramedics fol­low­ing the al­leged as­sault.

Walker, 24, was charged with com­mon as­sault and as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm. The Sea Ea­gles player was re­leased on con­di­tional bail and is due to face Manly Lo­cal Court on Tues­day, when the court will also hear an ap­pli­ca­tion for an ap­pre­hended vi­o­lence or­der which po­lice have lodged on Ms Ivkovic’s be­half.

Manly chief ex­ec­u­tive Lyall Gor­man said the in­ci­dent was “ex­traor­di­nar­ily disap- point­ing” for Sea Ea­gles fans but it was too early to de­cide Walker’s fu­ture. Mr Gor­man said he “did not have all the facts” and was un­able to shed light on the foot­baller’s fu­ture. He said he had spo­ken to the NRL’s In­tegrity Unit. Although a process ex­isted for play­ers to go through “the full le­gal process” be­fore sanc­tions were im­posed, ac­tion could be taken ear­lier if the ev­i­dence was “strong and clear”, he said. “I haven’t been able to speak to Dy­lan per­son­ally,” Mr Gor­man said. “I have spo­ken to his part­ner … twice last night and twice this morn­ing and (we’re) try­ing to make sure we look af­ter her wel­fare and that of her fam­ily. She’s in good care with her mum and dad.

“It is a mat­ter be­fore the courts so it’s also too early to make full judg­ment.”

Walker, who played four Tests for the Kan­ga­roos in the 2014 Four Na­tions series, came un­der the spot­light two years ago when he was fined $10,000 by the club af­ter he punched a hole in his apart­ment front door, frac­tur­ing his hand and miss­ing a month of foot­ball.

“It’s not the first time he’s been in trou­ble. And it gets high­lighted more in our game be­cause the pro­file (of rugby league) is so high,” Mr Gor­man said. “It’s not the first time he’s been in a bother ... so clearly there might be some anger is­sues or other wel­fare is­sues that Dy­lan re­ally needs to take the time to ad­dress.”

Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence NSW chief ex­ec­u­tive Moo Baulch said the al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against Walker set a bad ex­am­ple to young NRL fans.

“High-pro­file sport­ing per­son­al­i­ties and oth­ers in the spot­light need to be held to a higher level of ac­count than the av­er­age per­son,” she said. “They hold a po­si­tion that is of in­flu­ence to young peo­ple par­tic­u­larly … I know the NRL clubs have done quite a lot of train­ing around work­ing to sup­port vic­tims.”

Manly coach Des Hasler drives Dy­lan Walker from the po­lice sta­tion af­ter his ar­rest and (in­set) a so­cial me­dia photo of Walker, his part­ner and child. Main pic­ture: Nine News

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