Twist in the case of NRL star Junior Amone after he was accused of allegedly attacking a tradie with a HAMMER on a roof, causing serious injuries
St George Illawarra Dragons Young Gun Junior Amone will be released within hours after police said in court on Friday they would grant him strict bail.
Detectives arrested the NRL star at his home in Wollongong on Thursday on allegations that he and his father Talatau were involved in an armed attack last month, in which a roofer suffered serious injuries, including broken arms and a damaged hip.
The suspect was taken to Wollongong Police Station and charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm (in company), destruction of property and harassment.
Amone being tackled during the Charity Shield NRL Trial Match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and St George Illawarra Dragons at Glen Willow Sporting Complex on February 26
Initially, he was formally denied bail.
After a brief mention of his case in Wollongong local court on Thursday, he was remanded in custody and spent the night in police cells.
Prosecutor Sergeant Chris Manning, however, said in court on Friday that police did not oppose Amone’s release as long as strict bail conditions were met.
Several friends and relatives attended Friday’s trial to support the young playmaker.
His father, Talatau Dal Amone, was also arrested for the same incident. The bail application for Amone Senior was rejected at the time and he remains in custody.
Junior Amone (pictured) was arrested Thursday and denied bail. His father Talatau Dal Amone was charged with the same incident last month
Amone was formally denied bail after being charged with causing grievous bodily harm (in company), destroying or damaging property and harassment
It is alleged that the attack took place on November 15 this year near the star’s home in Wollongong on the NSW south coast.
Court documents allege that the trafficker became involved in a dispute with Amone’s father over where he parked his car before both Amones and an unknown man confronted him.
It is alleged that Junior was armed with a hammer, which he swung at the victim.
The merchant then ran to a nearby property and climbed onto the roof to escape, only to be followed by Junior Amone, who swung the hammer at him.
The victim is said to have fallen from the roof and hit an air conditioning unit.
Court documents show that Junior Amone (pictured) attacked the trader with a hammer while standing on the roof of a house, causing him to fall off and be seriously injured
Junior Amone then allegedly yelled, “Get the f***ing c**t.”
The alleged victim was chased to another house, the documents say, where he collapsed and called Triple Zero.
According to the documents, a police dog officer arrived at the scene and saw Junior Amone on the roof, still armed with the hammer.
It is also alleged that the younger Amone and the unknown man jumped onto the roof of the merchant’s vehicle, damaging the car and breaking the windshield.
The Dragons released a statement saying that Junior Amone’s case has been referred to the NRL Integrity Unit.
Amone made headlines earlier this week when footage surfaced of the Dragons star battling teammate Zac Lomax on a training ground.
Vision recorded by a fan showed Lomax and Amone having to be separated after an ugly confrontation during the club’s three-day camp in Mollymook, about 200km south of Sydney.
“They are young guys who didn’t want one to be over the other. They don’t want anyone to come before them for a place,” Aaron Woods told the Daily Telegraph.