Wallaby Kurtley Beale has been granted bail while he attends mediation with a hotel bouncer that he is accused of striking.
The Melbourne Rebels fly-half appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning on charges he assaulted a bouncer in the early hours of June 8, after he and Wallabies teammate Quade Cooper were refused entry to the Victory Hotel in Brisbane's CBD.
Dressed in a dark suit, Beale was forced to sit in the front row of the public gallery awaiting his appearance.
The 23-year-old's defence solicitor, Angelo Vernardos, told Magistrate Elizabeth Hall his client and the alleged victim were attempting to solve the matter through justice mediation, and asked for an eight-week adjournment.
Ms Hall adjourned the matter until August 22. Beale will not have to appear at court on that date and was given bail while the mediation process took place.
However, the magistrate said if mediation was not successful, Mr Beale would have to travel to Queensland to face any further court dates.
Beale declined to speak to reporters outside court.
Justice mediation allows for a face-to-face meeting between an alleged victim and defendant. The complainant can talk about how they were affected by the defendant's actions and the defendant has an opportunity to try to repair the harm their actions have caused. It is voluntary and confidential.
- Brisbane Times
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