NRL star Dylan Walker has been charged over an alleged domestic incident involving his fiancee.
The 24-year-old Manly Sea Eagles centre and former Australian international was arrested after allegedly assaulting a 24-year-old woman at a home in Prescott Avenue, Dee Why about 5pm on Thursday afternoon.
He spent part of Thursday at Manly Police Station helping police with their investigation before being charged with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The woman, identified as Walker’s partner Alexandra Ivkovic, suffered cuts to her shoulders, legs and feet and was treated by paramedics at the scene. Ivkovic is a former Miss Universe finalist.
Walker was picked up from Manly Police Station late on Thursday night by head coach Des Hasler.
Manly CEO Lyall Gorman faced media on Friday morning and confirmed the NRL Integrity Unit has been informed.
He also confirmed Ivkovic, who gave birth to the couple’s son in July, was in the care of her family and the club had been in constant contact with her.
“I haven’t been able to speak to Dylan personally but I have spoken to his partner on four occasions, twice last night and twice this morning, and trying to make sure we look after her welfare and the welfare of her family and the young baby,” he said.
“She’s in good care with her mum and dad.”
Gorman said he did not yet have all of the facts but expressed ‘great disappointment’ on behalf of the club for the allegations of domestic violence.
Walker is due to appear in Manly Local Court on Tuesday morning and will not attend training until then.
Police have applied for an apprehended violence order on behalf of Ivkovic.
It’s not yet clear whether Walker will face immediate discipline from the club or the NRL Integrity Unit.
“There’s been precedent in the game where players have been allowed to go through the full legal process before sanctions occur,” Gorman said.
“Speaking to the Integrity Unit this morning, there have been a couple of times when the facts and evidence are so strong and so clear that action can be take earlier.
“Until we get the facts it’s a bit early to call that.”
Walker has been in trouble previously, most notably overdosing on prescription drugs in 2015 along with then South Sydney teammate Aaron Gray. The pair were hospitalised and almost died.
In 2016 he was fined by Manly after breaking his hand punching his front door after a night out with teammates.
“It’s not the first time he’s been in bother, in fact it’s probably the third time that I’m aware of. Cleary there may be some anger management issues or other welfare issues that Dylan really needs to take the time to address,” Gorman said.
Published by Staff Writers, 7th December 2018 on foxsports.com.au