Ex-Wigan Warriors and Parramatta Eels star Brett Kenny learns fate after alleged domestic violence assault

Former Parramatta Eels and Wigan Warriors star Brett Kenny has learned his fate after being arrested for an alleged domestic violence assault.

62-year-old Kenny was arrested by police on the New South Wales Central Coast after allegedly headbutting a man following an approach made to Scott McGonigal and a 48-year-old woman.

Police alleged that Kenny approached the duo at about 6:15pm at the Police and Community Youth Club in Bateau Bay.

Kenny and McGonigal are known to each other, with the former rugby league star allegedly headbutting McGonigal to the forehead, before a verbal altercation occurred.

In a statement, NSW Police said McGonigal attended The Entrance Police Station a short time later and reported the incident.

“Officers from Tuggerah Lakes Police District then attended a home in Shelly Beach where they spoke to and arrested the 62-year-old man,” a NSW Police spokesman said.

“He was taken to Wyong Police Station and charged with common assault – domestic violence related.”

Kenny made 265 appearances for the Eels between 1980 and 1993, with a spell in-between at the Wigan Warriors where he spent two seasons.

The Australian, who could play in the halves, centre and loose-forward, registered 19 tries in 25 appearances whilst in Lancashire.

Overall, Kenny earned 17 caps for the NSW Blues in the State of Origin as well as 17 caps for Australia.

Magistrate Elizabeth Ellis told Kenny she was effectively giving him a caution for headbutting his victim.

She said Kenny could honestly say he had not been convicted of a criminal offence if he stayed out of trouble for the next 12 months.

The 61-year-old had pleaded guilty to the assault and was placed on a 12-month conditional release order without conviction.

Overall, Kenny played 17 Tests for Australia, 17 State of Origin games for NSW and won four premierships with Parramatta in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1986.

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