Australia: Cowboys' Leilua charged with DV offences

Luciano Leilua's World Cup in doubt as Samoa and Cowboys star charged with domestic violence offences

  Luciano Leilua's World Cup in doubt as Samoa and Cowboys star charged with domestic violence offences North Queensland NRL forward Luciano Leilua has been arrested and charged with domestic violence offences after an alleged incident in Sydney on Monday. NSW police confirmed they were called to a Harrington Park home around 1pm on Monday after reports of a domestic violence incident. Officers attended and were told a 26-year-old man allegedly assaulted a 26-year-old woman known to him and smashed the woman’s phone.

North Queensland NRL forward Luciano Leilua has been arrested and charged with domestic violence offences after an incident in Sydney on Monday.

Luciano Leilua was charged by police after an alleged domestic violence incident. © Brett Hemmings/AAP PHOTOS Luciano Leilua was charged by police after an alleged domestic violence incident.

NSW police confirmed they were called to a Harrington Park home around 1pm on Monday after reports of an alleged domestic violence incident.

Officers attended and were told a 26-year-old man allegedly assaulted a 26-year-old woman known to him and smashed the woman's phone.

He was arrested at the home and taken to Camden Police Station where he was charged with common assault (DV); damage or destroy property (DV).

Cowboys forward Luciano Leilua charged by police over alleged incident

  Cowboys forward Luciano Leilua charged by police over alleged incident Cowboys forward Luciano Leilua charged by police over alleged incidentThe 26-year-old signed with North Queensland mid-way through the 2022 season, but had returned to his home in Sydney following the club's exit from the finals.

He was granted bail to appear at Campbelltown Local Court on October 11.

The matter has been brought to the attention of the NRL Integrity Unit who are liasing with the North Queensland club, a NRL spokesperson said.

It is unclear whether any potential no-fault stand-down policy decision by the NRL would carry across to the upcoming Rugby League World Cup in the UK, with Leilua included in Samoa's squad.

The NRL has an automatic stand-down policy for charges which bring with them a minimum 11-year prison sentence.

While Leilua's case doesn't fall in that category, the NRL has previously stood down players charged with domestic violence under the discretionary part of the policy.

The North Queensland club has been contacted for comment.

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