Brett Stewart - No conviction recorded re: white powdery stuff.

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davohan123

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Danny W in the Sun-Herald:

There is a sad truth when it comes to Brett Stewart – the “Prince of Brookvale” and one of the greatest players to pull on a boot for Manly.

The way his NRL journey panned out was anything but princely. In fact, he could be excused for not wanting to have played the game at all, had he known how things would play out.

That’s not a journalist musing. Those who know him best understand the pain he has been through and say that’s how he feels. The feeling has not subsided over time. He rarely talks publicly but said this when prompted by this column: “I love the game of rugby league, its people, the mates that I made and our team’s success but, sadly, my life was forever changed from the events of 2009.”


The events he refers to were traumatic. He was accused of sexual assault after Manly’s season launch. The claims were found to be baseless in 2010 when a jury found him not guilty of one charge of sexual assault and two charges of indecent assault.

I’ll never forget interviewing a teary Stewart surrounded by supporters at the end of the ordeal. It was tough dealing with a man who had had his life ripped apart by a false accusation. It stays with him to this day.

It has meant living a simple, low-profile life where he doesn’t have to deal with the stares of strangers. A world where football, his profile and that accusation didn’t exist would be worth everything to him.
Brett Stewart (right) was acquitted of sexual assault charges in 2010.

Brett Stewart (right) was acquitted of sexual assault charges in 2010.CREDIT: TIM CLAYTON

Stewart has remained silent since he was again thrust into the headlines in March, after being found with cocaine in his possession on a night out. It was his doing, his decision, his fault. It is why he pleaded guilty in Manly Local Court on May 3.

But, at long last, he is taking steps towards living his life in a better way. He is doing things he should have done years ago. But he wasn’t in the right frame of mind to take those steps until recently.

He knows, with the help of medical professionals, it is time to take control of his life again.

“I’ve made some significant steps forward in my mental health, and that journey is just beginning,” he said.

In 2008, Stewart and Billy Slater were the faces of rugby league. Then Stewart’s life changed. Slater is now Queensland coach and a commentary star for the Nine Network.

Stewart has a part-time specialist coaching role at Manly. He hates the cameras and attention, but he was prepared to offer me a few thoughts. He hates the glaring eyes and what people may think of him.

He won premierships with Manly in 2008 and 2011, scoring 163 tries in just 233 NRL games, but mud sticks. Stewart could be one of the game’s best coaches, but we may never know his ability.

Hopefully, by taking control of his health and his life, we may see him evolve in the next phase of his career, perhaps even as a head coach.
Why can't he write like this always
Very well written article by Danny here
 

lsz

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The NRL has a duty of care in regards to Brett.

He was hung drawn and quartered and scarred even before he went to trial.

He lost millions in endorsements as a result, his reputation sullied.

News filth were made to pay him compensation and issue an apology!!

One of Gallops utter disgraceful decisions!!

Get well snake!!
More than that the lack of accountability in the media is beyond a joke.

This was the case that makes me tread very lightly even with the Paul K stuff as we do not know what happened and by jumping to conclusions there can be very real damage to people for the rest of their lives (and do not get me wrong...I really want to pile in on Kent)
 

globaleagle

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I can't see if it's been posted but...

No conviction was recorded.

Mr Williams was asked to consider dismissing the charge but instead he made a conditional release order, essentially placing Stewart on a good behaviour bond requiring him not to commit any further offences for nine months.
 

mave

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I can't see if it's been posted but...

No conviction was recorded.

Mr Williams was asked to consider dismissing the charge but instead he made a conditional release order, essentially placing Stewart on a good behaviour bond requiring him not to commit any further offences for nine months.

I've never understood this.

How can you be required to not commit any FURTHER offences for 9 months, when you didn't commit an offence in the first place?
 

globaleagle

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I've never understood this.

How can you be required to not commit any FURTHER offences for 9 months, when you didn't commit an offence in the first place?

I thought it meant: (but ser08 is better at this)

the judge (and Brett) said that he has committed an offence, but the Judge won't record a conviction for it and Brett has to pull his head in for 9 months, (otherwise he may be convicted for the drugs and whatever he's done in that 9 months).

Not that he hasn't committed an offence.
 

SeaEagleRock8

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I've never understood this.

How can you be required to not commit any FURTHER offences for 9 months, when you didn't commit an offence in the first place?
Brett admitted he did commit an offence - possesing a prohibited substance, which means he is guilty of that offence.
Even though guilty, the court in the circumstances has not recorded a conviction, subject to him (as GE says) pulling his head in for 9 months (= not committing any offence in that period).

(Or possibly you thought they were still talking about the sex assualt case, which of course he didn't commit)?
 

mave

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Brett admitted he did commit an offence - possesing a prohibited substance, which means he is guilty of that offence.
Even though guilty, the court in the circumstances has not recorded a conviction, subject to him (as GE says) pulling his head in for 9 months (= not committing any offence in that period).

(Or possibly you thought they were still talking about the sex assualt case, which of course he didn't commit)?

Lol yes sorry, was on about the sex assault case.

Apologies.
 

bob dylan

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Leave me out of the duty of care rubbish. The NRL and the Club owe him zilch. Same with me and my employer, work, get paid and repeat.

Help yourself and everyone wins.

And yes he is the Prince of Brookvale to me too.
 

Cliffy's Jockstrap

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I expect it was a Section 10? I think that is the right term, a sort of conviction without record presuming good future behaviour. Precisely designed for offences such as this.
 

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