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Former NRL star charged with assaulting partner in the latest horrific allegation to rock the league

Former NRL player is charged with assaulting his partner in the latest string of horrific allegations to rock rugby league

  • Ken McGuinness charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and AVO breach
  • McGuinness was arrested in south west Sydney on Saturday at about 10.30pm 
  • He was taken to Campbelltown police station and charged with assault 
  • McGuinness played for NSW in 1997 and 1998 and a host of NRL clubs

A former NRL and State of Origin player has been charged with assault and breaching and apprehended violence order after an alleged incident with his partner. 

Ken McGuinness, 43, who represented NSW in the State of Origin in 1997 and 1998, before retiring from the game 2002, was arrested in south west Sydney on Saturday night at 10.30pm after reports a woman was allegedly assaulted. 

‘At about 10:30 last night police were called to a home in Raby after a 43-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted,’ a police statement said. 

Former NRL and State of Origin player Ken McGuinness (pictured) has been charged with assault and breaching and apprehended violence order after an alleged incident with his partner

‘An investigation into the incident commenced and a 43-year-old man was arrested’. 

Mr McGuinness was taken to the Campbell Town police station where he was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and breaching an AVO, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

Meanwhile, the alleged victim was transported to the Campbelltown Hospital.  

Mr McGuinness played more than 100 games in the NRL for the Western Suburbs, West Tigers and North Queensland.

He was only 26 when he retired from the game in 2002, citing a loss of love and passion for his decision.   

He returned to the game at club level when he joined the Bay Tigers for the 2018 club season. 

Mr McGuinness is scheduled to appear before the Campbelltown Local Court on Tuesday. 

The reports come after former NRL star Ben Barba was banned from the game for life after an alleged domestic violence incident with his partner at a Townsville Casino.

Meanwhile, Dragons player Jack de Belin is fighting rape charges, which he has adamantly denied. 

Ken McGuinness, 43, who represented NSW in the State of Origin in 1997 and 1998, before retiring from the game 2002, was arrested in south west Sydney on Saturday night at about 10.30pm after reports a woman was allegedly assaulted

Ken McGuinness, 43, who represented NSW in the State of Origin in 1997 and 1998, before retiring from the game 2002, was arrested in south west Sydney on Saturday night at about 10.30pm after reports a woman was allegedly assaulted

As a result of the host of incidents plaguing the NRL, The Australian Rugby League Commission’s Chairman Peter Beattie announced they will review the player behaviour policy. 

‘The ARLC is strongly opposed to anyone in Rugby League being involved in violence of any kind, especially domestic violence and any behaviour which brings the game into disrepute,’ Mr Beattie said. 

‘The ARLC has instructed the NRL to take the strongest possible action against any player engaged in such behaviour – from serious fines, to suspensions and de-registration.’

McGuinness was taken to the Campbell Town police station where he was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and breaching an AVO and will appear before the court on Tuesday

McGuinness was taken to the Campbell Town police station where he was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and breaching an AVO and will appear before the court on Tuesday

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