Former Dally M Medal and Man of Steel winner Ben Barba has been refused bail by the judge assigned to his court case and could face multiple years in prison.
That’s after the alleged assault of his brother-in-law on December 1 which led to his arrest two days ago.
Solicitor Robyn Cathcart requested the court hand Barba bail and adjourn the matter to December 17, but the judge refused, according to the Courier Mail.
Ms Cathcart said Mr Barba had four young daughters and had split with his partner almost half a year ago after spending 17 years with her.
“My client supports the children, he works really hard in a manual job to pay for the house his ex-partner and children are living at,” she said.
“If he’s deprived of a means to earn his livelihood, unfortunately his family suffers as well.
“(Mr Barba is) well aware there’s a flow on consequence of his offending.”
Magistrate Damien Dwyer stated that he felt that Barba posed an unacceptable risk of reoffending.
“I’m told that you can live with your parents and that you have a curfew, and agree to undergo any counselling that might be required and that you’ll behave,” Mr Dwyer said.
“But … for whatever reason, some 12 months later, you’ve still got a key to the house.
“That indicates to me that you’re not fair dinkum Mr Barba and that … you’ll say what you like to get out of prison.”
Mr Dwyer said his offending had escalated and refused bail.
“The evidence on (these) offences is strong,” he said.
Assault occasioning bodily harm has a maximum penalty of seven years jail if convicted.