Ben Barba and an unidentified male leave the Mackay Police Station from the back entrance.
Ben Barba and an unidentified male leave the Mackay Police Station from the back entrance. Caitlan Charles

Charges laid against NRL star

UPDATE: FALLEN NRL star Ben Barba has arrived at Mackay police station to hand himself in over an incident at a casino in which his partner was allegedly injured.

Barba walked into the station this morning accompanied by his high-profile Gold Coast-based criminal lawyer Campbell MacCallum.

He was sacked by the North Queensland Cowboys and deregistered by the NRL after the incident involving his partner Ainslie Currie at Townsville Casino over the Australia Day weekend.

He was charged with two counts of public nuisance of licensed premises.

Police will allege he threw rocks at Ms Currie, the mother of their four children, but is expected to escape more serious charges after she refused to make a formal complaint.

A furious Barba declared he would be charged with 'nothing' during a confrontation with a Nine News crew outside the Mackay garage roller door business at which he now works after his $300,000-a-year Cowboys contract was torn up.

The Cowboys had thrown the former Dally M Player of the Year an NRL lifeline after was sacked by the Cronulla Sharks following their 2016 premiership win.

He was recruited by the Cowboys after starring for English Super League club St Helens last season.

Barba will appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on March 22.

BEFORE: BEN BARBA spent less than two hours at Mackay Police Station today.

The former NRL star left the station via the Brisbane St entrance, evading media who had waited for hours on Sydney St.

The disgraced Cowboys player attended the police station in relation to an alleged violent incident involving his partner in Townsville.

The Daily Mercury was there to see Mr Barba walk out of the police station, escorted by a police officer.

Mr Barba shook his hand and said: "Thanks mate."

Mr Barba, and another man, were then picked up by a third person driving a white Toyota Kluger about 11.45pm.



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