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Dane Cordner (photo) - older brother of Australian rugby league captain Boyd, says he beat NRL star Jacob Saifiti in self-defense outside a Newcastle pub in December last year

Brother of footy superstar Boyd Cordner was NOT found guilty of hitting an NRL player outside a pub because he acted in self-defense

  • Dane Cordner – brother of NRL star Boyd Cordner – was involved in pub punch-up
  • Images showed him punching footy player Jacon Saifiti in the face during fight
  • But a court found that Dane Cordner acted in self-defense and was acquitted
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Dane Cordner – older brother of NRL star Boyd – has not been found guilty of attacking the Newcastle Knights Jacob Saifiti player outside a pub.

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Magistrate Robert Stone in the local court of Newcastle discovered on Thursday that Mr. Cordner acted in self-defense when he slapped Saifiti in the face and slammed him on the ground after a heated exchange in Hamilton on December 2, 2018.

Saifiti fell awkwardly and broke his ankle.

Dane Cordner - older brother of NRL star Boyd - has not been found guilty of attacking Newcastle Knights player Jacob Saifiti outside a pub

Dane Cordner – older brother of NRL star Boyd – has not been found guilty of attacking Newcastle Knights player Jacob Saifiti outside a pub

Mr. Stone found Mr. Cordner, 29, not guilty of causing recklessly serious bodily harm and also released him from the alternative allegation of mistreatment with bodily harm.

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The magistrate accepted that Mr. Cordner wanted to run away from Saifiti before the Knights prop suddenly stood in front of him, right in his face.

& # 39; There was a real and significant risk that Mr. Saifiti could act violently, & # 39; he said.

Mr. Stone said that Mr. Cordner sincerely believed that he should act as he did and hit Saifiti because he was afraid of him.

An emotional Mr. Cordner embraced his partner and legal team after the decision was made.

Public Prosecutor Rebecca Witherspoon has previously told the court that Mr. Cordner has a & # 39; willingness to use violence & # 39; was when he played Saifiti, a 118 kilogram, 195 cm Fijian international rugby league player.

Magistrate Robert Stone in the local court of Newcastle discovered Thursday that Mr. Cordner acted in self-defense when he slapped Saifiti in the face and slapped him after a heated exchange in Hamilton on December 2, 2018
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Magistrate Robert Stone in the local court of Newcastle discovered Thursday that Mr. Cordner acted in self-defense when he slapped Saifiti in the face and slapped him after a heated exchange in Hamilton on December 2, 2018

Magistrate Robert Stone in the local court of Newcastle discovered Thursday that Mr. Cordner acted in self-defense when he slapped Saifiti in the face and slapped him after a heated exchange in Hamilton on December 2, 2018

Australian rugby rugby league captain Boyd Cordner

Australian rugby rugby league captain Boyd Cordner

Australian rugby rugby league captain Boyd Cordner

Mrs. Witherspoon said Mr. Cordner was the one who acted aggressively when he hit Saifiti.

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But defense lawyer Jack Tyler-Stott said that Mr. Cordner told Saifiti to stay away from him while the knight player approached him.

& # 39; He (Cordner) was scared. Why wouldn't you be? & # 39; Said Mr. Tyler-Stott.

& # 39; You don't have to wait to be hit to act in self-defense. & # 39;

The lawyer claimed that Mr. Cordner had less than two seconds to carry out a preventive attack.

He said that Saifiti & # 39; overnight in a & # 39; State of Irrationality & Behavior in a manner that could have jeopardized his career, but believed that he was protected by hotel security staff. A witness claimed that Saifiti bragged that he was inviolable.

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Mr. Tyler-Stott told the court that it was strange that CCTV recordings of the night were missing and described & # 39; a theme of dishonesty & # 39; under hotel management and security personnel when Saifiti was protected and received preferential treatment in the pub.

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