Friday, March 13, 2009

Claims new evidence clears Greg Bird of assault charges at a Sydney nightclub

FRESH evidence from security guards at a Sydney nightclub may mean assault charges against former NRL star Greg Bird are dropped, a court has heard. Bird faces five charges of common assault after allegedly attacking a woman at Fusions nightclub in Cronulla on June 19 last year. The one-time NSW and Australian representative five-eighth was due to face the first day of a hearing at Sutherland Local Court today, but the matter has now been adjourned. Bird's lawyer Patrick Conaghan said statements from three security guards and the security video, which he received as late as this morning, proved his client's innocence. "Three security officers are able not only to give evidence, but to give evidence to the effect that he was the victim in this matter," Mr Conaghan told the court. "... (The complainant and her sister's) behaviour (in the video) is totally inconsistent with their statements. Related CoverageBird charges could be droppedCourier Mail, 13 Mar 2009 Bird faces hearing in football seasonThe Australian, 20 Nov 2008 Bird: I have never hurt my girlfriendThe Australian, 10 Oct 2008 I love my girl, I'd never hurt her -, 9 Oct 2008 Bird to face two new chargesFox Sports, 30 Sep 2008 "It's just entirely unfair for Mr Bird - the documents before me point to him being innocent." Prosecutors said the security officers had only begun to co-operate with police in the past week. They supported Mr Conaghan's application to adjourn the matter. The magistrate, Jayeanne Carney, ordered the brief of evidence be served in four weeks' time, with the next court date yet to be decided. Bird, who plays for French team Catalans, flew into Sydney yesterday for the court appearance.

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