The Newcastle Knights' week from hell worsened yesterday when a magistrate granted an apprehended violence order against Tokoroa-born second rower Zane Tetevano after an incident that left his girlfriend with bruises to her arm, chest and back.
Neither Tetevano nor his girlfriend, travel consultant Jessica Guilbaud-Oulton, attended Newcastle Local Court, where magistrate Ian Cheetham granted the AVO - the equivalent of a restraining order in New Zealand.
The AVO's conditions specify that the 23-year-old not approach Ms Guilbaud-Oulton within 12 hours of consuming drugs or alcohol and not damage or destroy her property.
Fairfax Media understands that police were called to a Newcastle property before Christmas after Ms Guilbaud-Oulton told friends Tetevano had assaulted her the night before.
When police approached Ms Guilbaud-Oulton she did not want to make a complaint. Officers, however, applied for the AVO after observing bruises to her arm, back and chest.
No charges were laid.
The AVO will apply for one year and includes the standard condition that Tetevano not assault, molest, harass or otherwise interfere with Ms Guilbaud-Oulton. It does not prevent the couple from living together.
The couple are believed to have been together for about a year and recently holidayed in New Zealand.
Breaching an AVO carries a maximum penalty of two years' jail and a fine of $A5500.
The court order comes just one day after Fairfax Media revealed that former player and current club community and charities support manager Ben Rogers will face court later this month after pleading not guilty to two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
He is accused of assaulting two men outside Wests Leagues Club at 1am on September 1 last year.
On Monday, the Knights' biggest signing for the 2014 season, former New Zealand Warriors and Kiwi prop Russell Packer, was jailed for two years for a brutal attack in Sydney's Martin Place in November, during which he stomped on the face of Auckland-born Enoka Time during a drunken fight.
The Knights' decision to stand by Packer and not immediately sack him outraged some of the its supporters. The club declined to comment on the Rogers situation until his court case is completed.
Tetevano, who is contracted until the end of 2015, made his NRL debut for the Knights in late 2011 and has played 26 games for the club. He made his test debut for the Cook Islands during last year's World Cup in the UK, France and Ireland.
- Newcastle Herald
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