Manly star stood down af­ter ar­rest

Warwick Daily News - - LEAGUE/BASKETBALL - – Dar­ren Wal­ton

Manly star Dy­lan Walker has been stood down from train­ing af­ter be­ing charged with as­sault fol­low­ing an al­leged do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent in­volv­ing his part­ner on Syd­ney’s North­ern Beaches.

The woman, 24, suf­fered mi­nor cuts to her shoul­der, leg and feet at a home in Dee Why, on Thurs­day af­ter­noon and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Walker, also 24, was later ar­rested and charged with com­mon as­sault and as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm.

The Sea Ea­gles cen­tre was driven away from Manly Po­lice Sta­tion by coach Des Hasler af­ter be­ing granted bail to ap­pear at Manly Lo­cal Court on Tues­day.

Manly chief ex­ec­u­tive Lyall Gor­man said the for­mer Kan­ga­roos Test star and South Syd­ney premier­ship win­ner wouldn’t be re­quired for train­ing un­til af­ter his court ap­pear­ance.

“He needs to clear his head. He’s only been re­leased from Manly po­lice sta­tion through the night,” Gor­man said yes­ter­day.

Gor­man said his club’s chief con­cern was the wel­fare of the al­leged vic­tim and a four­month-old child.

“I haven’t been able to speak to Dy­lan per­son­ally. I have spo­ken to his part­ner on four oc­ca­sions, twice last night and twice this morn­ing, and been try­ing to make sure we look af­ter her wel­fare and the wel­fare of the fam­ily and the young baby,” he said.

“She’s in good care with her mum and dad.”

Gor­man, who has also re­ferred the mat­ter to the NRL In­tegrity Unit, wouldn’t spec­u­late on any pos­si­ble sanc­tions should Walker be found guilty.

“It’s too early to say what the con­se­quences of this are. Clearly, it’s a very se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tion,” he said.

“I don’t have the po­lice state­ments of facts yet so it’s a bit early for me to make too much com­ment other than to ex­press great dis­ap­point­ment on be­half of our club,” he said.

“Al­le­ga­tions around do­mes­tic vi­o­lence are to­tally for­eign to any­thing we stand for and our cul­ture and val­ues.”

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