Caruana facing assault charges

FORMER Sydney rugby league player Chris Caruana is facing assault charges in court after he allegedly bashed the former partner of his de facto at Woolgoolga.

Caruana, 37, who played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and North Sydney Bears during the mid 1990s will be sentenced in the Coffs Harbour Local Court next month.

Police charged the former ARL player with assault occasioning actual bodily harm over an incident in Trafalgar Street, Woolgoolga, earlier this year.

The victim of the assault, a 52-year-old local man has taken out an apprehended violence order against the former league star, who was yesterday ordered in court not to approach the man.

Police will allege the assault happened outside a Trafalgar Street home at about 12.30pm on February 13.

The victim told police, Caruana yelled at him as he was walked past his car getting out of the vehicle and challenging him to a fight saying “Come on do you want to go now?”

Police were told Caruana punched the man several times in the face and head, knocking him down.

A friend of the victim helped him his feet, before Caruana pushed past him knocking him to the ground again with a flurry of punches.

The man is said to have suffered heavy bruising and deep cuts to his face and eyes.

When interviewed by police Caruana confessed to the assault.

He told officers the man had continually intimidated him and his de facto “by staring at them whenever they cross paths in the town.”

Caruana’s first-grade career ended in 1997, when he was fined and dropped by the North Sydney Bears, amid allegations he racially vilified Newcastle Knights player Owen Craigie.

He will reappear on May 19.

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