Curtis Scott (pictured), 22, was handcuffed while unconscious after spending Australia Day partying, sources close to him claim
Rugby league star Curtis Scott will make the stunning claim he was handcuffed and arrested while unconscious when he defends charges of assaulting two police officers .
Scott, 22, was arrested in the early hours of Australia Day after allegedly punching a male and female police officer on Driver Avenue, outside the Sydney Cricket Ground.
His lawyer Danny Eid told media outside the Downing Centre Local Court on Friday Scott would fight the six charges, claiming the accusations against him are ‘false’ and ‘not supported by the objective evidence’.
Daily Mail Australia has been told that as part of his defence, Scott’s legal team will claim he was passed out in a bush when police subdued and then tasered him.
Rugby league star Scott (right, with lawyer Danny Eid) has vowed to fight to his ‘last breath’ accusations that he assaulted police after boozy Australia Day celebrations
A source close to Scott claimed he was left shocked by the allegations against him.
Mr Eid vowed outside court that he and his client: ‘Will defend this to the last breath’.
‘The police clearly misunderstood their powers. There is a significant concern about the manner in which police conducted themselves,’ Mr Eid said.
‘We’ll flesh it out in due course.
‘We’re saying Mr Scott is not guilty of all charges.’
High-profile Sydney lawyer Paul McGirr told Daily Mail Australia that police must tell a person why they are arresting them before taking them into custody.
‘Not every person who is arrested has to be handcuffed, it’s mainly used to prevent an unlawful escape or restrict someone from lashing out,’ Mr McGirr said.
‘Officers must say who they are, what station they are from and the reason for arrest.’
The Canberra Raiders star spent Australia Day in Sydney partying with both current and former teammates – including Josh Addo-Carr – at Ivy Bar.
After leaving the popular inner-city club he was put into a taxi by teammates, before stopping off on the way home at The Olympic Hotel in Paddington.
Outside the Downing Centre Local Court on Friday, Mr Eid described allegations against his 22-year-old client as ‘contextually false’ and ‘not supported by the objective evidence’
Scott was arrested the early hours of Sunday morning after allegedly kicking and punching a police officer on Driver Avenue, outside the Sydney Cricket Ground
Scott (left) had spent Australia Day partying with current and former teammates such as Josh Addo-Carr (right) at the Ivy nightclub in Sydney’s CBD
When leaving the pub he crossed Moore Park Road and allegedly threw a phone at a passing car, before passing out in a bush at the front of the SCG.
It is from here that the versions of events differ.
Police allege that after receiving reports of a drunken man needing assistance, two officers approached Scott at which point he lashed out.
In an effort to subdue the powerful sportsman they tasered and handcuffed him, and then took him back to Surry Hills Police Station.
There he was charged with six offences and released on bail on Monday morning.
Scott insists that the accusations against him are false and that he was handcuffed as he slept.
‘We will be relying upon the police body-worn footage to challenge much of their assertions,’ Mr Eid said outside court.
Scott’s lawyer Mr Eid (right) said he would be using ‘police body-worn footage to challenge… their assertions’
Scott (left) spent Australia Day partying alongside his fellow Canberra Raiders teammates George Williams, John Bateman, Elliott Whitehead, Jack Murchie and Ryan Sutton
During his court appearance on Friday, Scott successfully had his bail varied so that he can enter the Moore Park precinct, where the NRL’s headquarters are housed.
Scott – who was two years ago touted as a future NSW State of Origin player – was released by Melbourne in November to sign a four-year NRL contract with Canberra.
Mr Eid said his client was expected to return to training and said there was no reason for him to be stood down from playing duties.
While Scott’s actions do not qualify him for a ban, NRL CEO Todd Greenberg can use his discretion under the ‘no fault’ stand down policy to sideline him ahead of NRL pre-season fixtures in mid-February.