Wallabies star choking his wife until she couldn’t breathe while she shouted “I hate you” after reading a private message she sent her sister, fails in the last ditch bid to be left for mental health reasons
- Brett Sheehan, 40, pleaded guilty to attacking his wife in October last year
- Sheehan accused his high dose of mental health medication for his violence
- In the court on Thursday, the magistrate refused to drop Sheehan’s attack charges
- NSW Community Corrections will prepare a full assessment report
A former Rugby Union star who strangled his wife did not make a final ditch dropping charges of domestic violence for reasons of mental health.
Brett Sheehan, 40, who played for the Wallabies between 2006 and 2013, pleaded guilty to the attack on his wife Laura at their home in Warriewood, northern Sydney, last October.
Sheehan accused his high dose of medication for a psychological problem for his violence, the Daily telegram reported.
But in Manly Local Court on Thursday, Magistrate Mark Richardson refused to drop Sheehan’s accusations for a common attack and deliberately choke person without their permission.
Brett Sheehan, 40, who played seven tests for the Wallabies between 2006 and 2013, pleaded guilty to the assault on his wife Laura at their home in Warriewood, northern Sydney, last year
Reading Court Facts Sheehan grabbed his wife (right) with both hands around her throat and began to strangle her to the point that she was having trouble breathing
Sheehan’s lawyer, Michael Croke, argued that he “lost” control after an “unfortunate” increase in his medication.
Instead, Mr. Richardson ordered the New South Wales Community Corrections to prepare a full assessment report for the former Wallaby’s sentence, prior to his conviction on April 22.
The court heard that the couple were in their bedroom at around 9 p.m. last October when Sheehan found a conversation between Laura and her sister on her laptop.
He then started yelling at her, and the couple arguing about relationship issues and an agreement to break up.
Sheehan lay down on top of his wife, who was lying on their bed, and was not over her.
Sheehan played seven tests for the Wallabies between 2006 and 2013, as well as 43 games for the NSW Waratahs between 2006 and 2009
“(Sheehan) then grabbed (his wife) with both hands around his throat and began to strangle the victim to the point where the victim had difficulty breathing,” court facts read.
He choked her “less than 30 seconds” while shouting “I hate you.”
The football player then took his wife’s cell phone and ran down the stairs, but she threatened to call their neighbors if he didn’t return it.
After she returned her phone, Mrs. Sheehan went upstairs before being pushed against a window.
She shouted “help” and called the police.
While she waited for officers to arrive, Mrs. Sheehan locked herself in the couple’s bathroom while Mr. Sheehan tried to get through the door.
When the police arrived, they found Sheehan in his car before taking him to Northern Beaches Hospital for a mental health assessment.
Magistrate Richardson said the Sheehan attack was “a far too serious offense to treat other than in accordance with the law.”
Sheehan played 43 games for the NSW Waratahs between 2006 and 2009, before moving to Perth and meeting Laura in 2010.
The magistrate said that the Sheehan attack was “a far too serious offense to be treated other than in accordance with the law”