& # 39; Try it – you're nobody & # 39 ;: dramatic moment brother of footy superstar Boyd Cordner hits NRL player outside a cafe – but his girlfriend says he's in & # 39; protective mode & # 39; used to be
- NRL star Boyd Cordner & # 39; s brother Dane hit another player Jacob Saifiti
- The incident occurred on December 1 last year outside of a pub in Newcastle
- Newcastle Knights prop Saifiti broke his ankle when he fell awkwardly
- Dane pleaded not guilty on Tuesday for the self-defense indictment
The partner of Dane Cordner – older brother of NRL star Boyd – says he is in a & # 39; protective mode & # 39; was when he slammed Newcastle Knights support Jacob Saifiti outside a cafe and knocked him to the ground.
Keira Howard told the local Newcastle court on Tuesday that Saifiti stayed with Cordner & # 39; come for the fight at the Greenroof Hotel in Hamilton.
Cordner, 29, of Adamstown, has not declared guilty of causing recklessly serious physical injury to Saifiti.
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
Cordner, 29, of Adamstown, has not declared guilty of causing recklessly serious physical injury to Saifiti
Cordner claims that he acted in self-defense.
Mrs. Howard said that Cordner was not aggressive when he spoke to Saifiti after 2 hours on December 2 outside the hotel: & You are nobody. The knights don't want you. Stay away from me. & # 39;
She said Saifiti always screamed: & try it Cordner, try it. You are a nobody. I'm protected. Don't try to fuck me. & # 39;
& # 39; I told him to stop (Saifiti), & # 39; Howard said to the court on Tuesday.
& # 39; The rest were sharp. We didn't know what to do. Deen just turned around and pushed him and hit him with his right hand. It all happened so quickly. He was in a protective mode.
& # 39; I don't believe at all that Dane wanted to be involved in a fight that night. & # 39;
Cordner's partner Keira Howard said Cordner was not aggressive when he spoke to Saifiti outside the hotel after 2 hours on December 2: You are nobody. The knights don't want you. Stay away from me
Guard Jared Nott had previously told the court that Cordner and Saifiti (photo) yelled at each other after 2 hours before the Knights prop was knocked to the ground by Cordner
Mrs. Howard claimed that Saifiti, 23, was trying to provoke a fight and continued to boast that he was being protected by security personnel who did nothing to stop support against Cordner.
Guard Jared Nott had previously told the court that Cordner and Saifiti had shouted at each other after 2 hours before the Knights prop was knocked to the ground by Cordner. He broke his ankle when he fell awkwardly.
Nott did not remember Cordner telling Saifiti & # 39; to leave it & # 39; and later yelled at him to leave & # 39; and stay away from me & # 39 ;.
He could not explain why he later & # 39; unknown & # 39; saved in a security incident report for the names of the two men involved in the fight when he knew both Cordner and Saifiti.
He denied that he wanted to protect Saifiti and the reputation of the pub.
& # 39; The knights receive special treatment there (on the Greenroof), don't they? & # 39; defense lawyer Jack Tyler-Stott asked the guard.
& # 39; No, & # 39; he replied.
Nott denied that Saifiti – a 195-centimeter high Fijian international rugby league player – was protected by hotel security personnel.
The hearing, for magistrate Robert Stone, will continue on Wednesday.
Australian rugby rugby league captain Boyd Cordner
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