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SeaEagleRock8

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Tomorrow (Monday) Manese’s trial starts in Parramatta Court at 10am. Hoping @DSM5 can make a comeback as our court reporter.
I wondered that too, although it's not quite so easy to get into a courtroom in this Covid world. Would be a shame if we are limited to the usual inaccurate and sensationalist reporting of the mainstream media.
 
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Manase Fainu court trial details: Manly Sea Eagles table two-year contract for NRL star​

One of the NRL’s brightest prospects will walk into a two-year contract if they are acquitted of charges related to an alleged stabbing at a Mormon church.

Manase Fainu’s three-year exile from the NRL could be over next month with the Manly hooker finally getting his day in court on Monday.

Fainu will front Parramatta’s district court to fight charges, in a three-week trial, relating to an alleged stabbing at a Mormon church in Sydney’s west in 2019.

The Sea Eagles have shown faith in Fainu, considered one of the NRL’s brightest prospects, offering him a train and trial deal while the matter has been before the court.

It’s believed the club has also tabled a two-year deal to resume his NRL career if Fainu, who has pleaded not guilty, is acquitted of charges related to the alleged incident.

If acquitted, the NRL, after reviewing the facts of the case, would not object to Manly registering the two-year deal.

Since last playing, Fainu has had a number of shoulder surgeries, including a cleanout this year.

Manase Fainu has played in the NRL for three-years. Picture: AAP/Brendon Thorne

Manase Fainu has played in the NRL for three-years. Picture: AAP/Brendon Thorne
The 23-year-old has been banned under the NRL’s no-fault stand down policy since October 2019 when he was taken into custody after being charged with wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He was later released on bail.
Fainu has maintained innocence over the last three years.


The Covid-19 pandemic has forced a number of delays in the trial, meaning Fainu has now spent more time banned under the policy than any other player.
St George Illawarra’s Jack de Belin was banned by the NRL in February 2019 but had a four-year deal registered in May 2021 after he was cleared on one charge of sexual assault. Two juries unable to reach a verdict on the other charges.
The stand-down policy was introduced by the ARL Commission on the eve of the 2019 season after de Belin was charged.
NRL player Manase Fainu greets family and friends after getting bail from Parklea Correctional Centre in 2019.

NRL player Manase Fainu greets family and friends after getting bail from Parklea Correctional Centre in 2019.
Both de Belin and the Rugby League Players Association unsuccessfully challenged the policy.
NRL Andrew Abdo told The Daily Telegraph the governing body is committed to the no-fault stand down policy to protect the image of the sport.
“It’s been really effective for us. The Commission took a stand, we had to defend that, we defended it and now we see it as something that is rarely used, which is always the intention,” Abdo said.
It’s there as a safeguard and hopefully we don’t see it used again in the future.
“But it’s there to ensure the game is protected and it’s for the benefit of all stakeholders. The commission made a brave call and there is no intention to alter that going forward.”

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Fainu’s trial was originally slated for July 2021 but a jury trial was not possible at the time due to Covid-19 lockdown rules in Sydney.
High profile barrister Margaret Cunneen will represent Fainu.
 
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