Former NRL star Sam Burgess is set to appeal the guilty verdict of intimidating his former father-in-law Mitchell Hooke during an altercation in the South Highlands

Moss Vale District Court Judge Robert Rabbidge found out Friday morning that Burgess had intimidated Mr. Hooke on his father-in-law’s property in Glenquarry in October 2019 in an attempt to harm him physically and mentally

“I am confused by the decision, we have appealed the decision”Mr. Burgess said outside of court,” I won’t say anything more”â ????

Magistrate Rabbidge said Burgess was with Mr. Hooke gone and got his finger off â ???? 1 pointed at him 5 meters to 2 meters ???? away yelling, “You’re a great piece of shit, I’ll get you”â ????

He said Mr. Burgessâ ???? “Angry, aggressive behavior” would have been intimidating for most Australians had he noticed his weight of 116 kg

â ???? This was a terrible experience for [Burgessâ ???? Ex-wife] Phoebe Burgess and her father, ???? Magistrate Rabbidge said

Magistrate Rabbidge said Mr. Hooke was a formidable witness who provided clear and concise evidence throughout the proceedings while Mr. Burgessâ ???? Evidence Was “Mutable” ????

Speaking directly to Mr Burgess when delivering his verdict, Mr Rabbidge admitted that the incident occurred just three days after the former NRL star and Ms. Burgess were informed of their families’ separation

Following the guilty decision, Burgess attorney Bryan Wrench said, “He didn’t do that”As a result, he has suffered a significant impact”

An AVO will now also exist for two years to prevent Mr Burgess from visiting the Glenquarry property or any place where Mr Hooke works or lives during that time

A potential conflict of interest was raised on the Friday morning prior to the delivery of the verdict, when the court was notified that Mr Hooke had emailed District Attorney Jamie Palmer on Thursday alleging an old family connection between the Hooke family and Mr. Rabbidge was disclosed

Originally, Burgess was charged with intimidation and collective assault after his ex-wife Phoebe Burgess called the police after the dispute.The charges were handed over to Burgess as a replacement charge if the police were unsuccessful with the more serious crime of intimidation

In his Opinion last month, Mr Burgessâ ???? Attorney Phillip Boulten, SC, argued that Ms. Burgess and Mr. Hooke deliberately charged the Australian newspaper with serious allegations against Mr. Burgess for the purpose of damaging his client’s reputation prior to trial

Ms. Burgess admitted in court in November that she and her father had decided to deliver a 50-page affidavit to the Australian detailing alleged drug use and domestic violence Mr. Burgess said she wanted do not contribute to the toxic system of the NRL to cover up things

Mr. Burgess is still coaching the South Sydney Rabbitohs and is about to start training the club’s U19 team for 2021

Both the NRL and the Rabbitohs said no action would be taken against Mr Burgess until the NRL’s own investigation was completed with the results expected to be finalized in the coming weeks

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