The former rugby league international who is accused of stabbing three men in a wild brawl at footy park has walked out of jail on bail with a heavily bandaged fist in hand.
Ratu Nanovo, 20, shuffled out of Silverwater prison in his flip-flops on Friday, six days after allegedly assaulting three men after the final siren of a rugby league game.
Nanovo is accused of going back to his car, taking a knife and putting it in his pants after his buddy Bradley Middlebrook was maligned on a soccer field in Parramatta Sunday morning.
A court has subsequently heard the ex-Fijian player scold Sione Latu of the Wenty Magies and his family members: ‘Come up, I have something for you’.
Out you go: Former Fijian rugby league international Ratu Nanovo, 20, shuffled out of Silverwater prison in his red slippers Friday afternoon
Nanovo is accused of grabbing a knife and assaulting three members of the Latu family. He rocked a heavily bandaged left arm (pictured right) as he climbed into a waiting car on Friday
Hundreds of spectators watched as the brawl allegedly broke out in the parking lot of North Parramatta’s Old Salesyard Reserve
The alleged stabbing ended with rival Wenty Magpies player Latu, 19, and his uncle Fonongo, 22, being transported to hospital in critical condition.
Latu’s teenage nephew was also injured.
The lives of the relatives were saved through the work of quick-thinking spectators and paramedics who managed to stop the bleeding.
Nanovo is then charged with fleeing in his car, but was followed back home by a police helicopter.
He is said to have injured himself at one point during the brawl, during which detectives found the inside of his car drenched in blood.
Nanovo was taken to hospital for treatment of a serious cut on his left arm and was charged with three wounds earlier this week.
A magistrate said he took a “knife to a fist fight,” but issued strict parole bail on Wednesday.
His co-accused Bradley Middlebrook, however, was denied bail after a court heard he was already out on bail for other cases at the time of the brawl.
Nanovo climbed into the back of a relative’s car on Friday afternoon and will appear in court at a later date.
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When Sione Latu, 19, woke up from surgery for stab wounds to his abdomen and neck, his mother told him this must be the end of his rugby league.
“No more, no more,” she said to the western Sydney teenager.
But the brave young man, awake in his hospital bed and extremely happy to be alive, shook his head and said, “I’ll be back.”
The Wentworthville Magpies player and his uncle, Fonongo, 22, were taken to hospital Sunday morning after a wild park fight.
His cousin, 16, was also seriously injured.
Police will allege that a Penrith Brothers player and one of his mates attacked the trio after the final siren, apparently because the rival front rower was trapped by a shoulder charge.
Fortunately, all three family members are safe and sound – but the gruesome injuries sustained by Sione are a crushing blow to the passionate footy player’s hopes of building a career around his sporting prowess.
“They are all safe,” said family members of the Latu family. Above, his young cousin (left) who has been released from the hospital, and his uncle, Fonongo (right)
Passionate footy player Sione Latu when he was younger (left) and more recently right on a night out in Darling Harbor
A relative said he feared the attack would deter Mr Latu from pursuing his dream of making a career out of his feet.
Meanwhile, doctors have warned the young gun that he will definitely not be taking to the field again this year.
A devastated relative said: “My family is very humble and did not deserve this at all.
‘All (Sione) wanted to do was play rugby and get a career out of it now that he can’t.’
Both Sione and his uncle are out of the ‘danger zone’ and are awake, alert and stable, while his young cousin returns home on Tuesday.
“(Sione) will definitely not be able to play football for the rest of the season,” said Elias Kassab, president of Wentworthville United Junior Rugby League Club.
Sione’s family shared footage from his hospital bed after he woke up and started speaking on Monday
‘He clearly needs more rehabilitation and more physio.
‘I want everything to be healed properly and that, however much he wants to play back.
“We just have to follow the doctors’ instructions at this stage.”
But a passionate young man cannot be controlled.
Mr. Kassab recalled, “Yesterday, when he was able to speak for the first time, the first thing Mother asked how it went was,” I said no more now, no more, yes? ‘
He turned and looked at them and said, no, I’ll be right back.
“So he’s excited, he’s excited!”
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Police allege Bradley Middlebrook, 20, joined his co-accused Ratu Nanovo, 19, in a car on Sunday.
Nanovo had reportedly taken a six-inch kitchen knife from his car and hid it in his pants.
Penrith Local Court then heard Nanovo called out to the alleged victims – Sione Latu, 19, and his cousins Fotongo and Latamu: ‘Come over here, I need to show you something’.
Police allege that Middlebrook began fighting the men, with punches, and the co-accused picked up a knife and stabbed a man.
The brawl continued in front of onlookers and the couple fled, police said.
Two men were taken to hospital with critical injuries and a third, 16, were seriously injured.