Rugby league star Semi Radradra faces arrest again after he failed to show up to a domestic violence hearing at a Sydney court because he was in Fiji.
A clearly displeased Magistrate Greg Grogin revoked the Parramatta player’s bail and said a warrant for his arrest would be released on Thursday unless a satisfactory explanation was given.
The 24-year-old was supposed to attend a one-day hearing at Parramatta Local Court on Monday but flew to Fiji last Wednesday due to his father’s illness, according to lawyer Murugan Thangaraj SC.
Mr Thangaraj provided a letter from a doctor in Fiji, which said Radradra’s father suffered from asthma and pulmonary tuberculosis and required further medication.
But Mr Grogin was unconvinced, saying the father had clearly been on treatment for some time.
“There’s nothing in (the letter) to indicate any reasons for non-attendence,” he said.
“Certainly nothing which could justify sudden departures from Australia.”
Mr Grogin demanded more compelling evidence by Wednesday or Radadra’s arrest warrant would be released.
“At all times the bail Mr Waqavatu (Radradra’s birth name) entered into requires his attendance today,” he said.
“He knew how serious the matter was,” the magistrate said.
Radradra pleaded not guilty in July to two counts of common assault and one of assault causing actual bodily harm, all domestic violence-related charges.
The charges relate to alleged attacks on his estranged partner, Perina Ting, in December 2014 and May 2015.
Prosecutors initially tried to postpone Monday’s hearing because two of their witnesses would be at a conference in Victoria.
Radradra’s legal team opposed that application, and it was refused last Tuesday – the day before the winger flew to Fiji.
His bail conditions were eased on October 11 to allow overseas travel for work and family commitments, but that freedom expired on Monday, the court heard.
His hearing was postponed until February, with the case to return to court in December.