Fri 5 Feb 2021 | 09:24

England star convicted of intimidation in Australia

England star convicted of intimidation in Australia
Fri 5 Feb 2021 | 09:24
England star convicted of intimidation in Australia
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NEWS: Former England dual rugby international Sam Burgess was found guilty in a Sydney court Friday of intimidating his ex-father-in-law while in the midst of a messy marriage break-up.

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Burgess, who last year stepped down from his role as a television commentator amid allegations of drug use and domestic violence, immediately announced he intended to appeal.

“I’m confused with the decision, I will appeal the decision and I won’t say anything further,” he told reporters outside Sydney’s Moss Vale courthouse.

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The 32-year-old was placed on a two-year good behaviour bond after being convicted of intimidating Mitchell Hooke, father of Burgess’ ex-wife Phoebe, during a confrontation in October 2019, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

It said magistrate Robert Rabbidge found Hooke endured a “terrifying experience” as Burgess loomed over him, threatening and shouting profanities as an argument over child visitation rights escalated.

A separate charge of assault was dropped, the ABC reported.

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Burgess spent most of his career in Australia with South Sydney while also playing 24 rugby league matches for England.

He also made a brief code-switch, playing five rugby union Tests for England, including at the 2015 World Cup.

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