Wests Tigers veteran to front court on domestic violence charge

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

\New South Wales police have charged Wests Tigers veteran Josh Reynolds with an alleged ‘domestic violence offence’, according to a statement on the club’s website.

The 30-year-old, who signed a lucrative deal with the Sydney club in 2017, is set to defend the charge, according to the statement.

“Wests Tigers have today confirmed that Josh Reynolds has been charged by New South Wales Police with a domestic violence offence,” the club statement read.

“Both Josh and Wests Tigers has previously alerted the police and NRL on this matter and will continue to work closely with the NRL Integrity Unit and NSW Police as Josh vigorously defends this charge.

“As this is an ongoing legal matter, Wests Tigers will be making no further comment at this time.”

In a statement given to AAP, NSW Police have confirmed that at about 2pm on December 11, a woman attended St George Police Station to report an alleged assault.

Wests Tigers veteran Josh Reynolds has been charged with an alleged domestic violence offence by New South Wales police. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Reynolds then attended the station at about 9.40pm where he was arrested and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm (domestic violence).

"Police will allege on 12 September, the 29-year-old woman suffered bruising to her right arm and left leg after allegedly being assaulted by a 30-year-old man," the statement read.

The former State of Origin star was granted conditional bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Wednesday, December 18.

An apprehended violence application has also been made on behalf of the woman.

Reynolds charge latest test for NRL ‘no-fault’ policy

Earlier this year the NRL enacted a "no fault" stand down policy, allowing CEO Todd Greenberg to use his discretion to suspend players charged with criminal offences, particularly those involving women and children.

Manly Sea Eagles player Dylan Walker and Penrith's Tyrone May were both stood down for the duration of the court process under the law.

The maximum jail term for assault occasioning actual bodily harm in NSW is five years, which falls below the requirements to trigger an automatic stand down.