'No one loves you': Sam Burgess takes the stand in trial

Australian Associated Press
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Sam Burgess has fronted court over an allegation he intimidated the father of his now ex-wife Phoebe. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)
Sam Burgess has fronted court over an allegation he intimidated the father of his now ex-wife Phoebe. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Former NRL club captain Sam Burgess dubbed his ex-wife's father "a bad person" as the former mining lobbyist yelled "no one loves you" amid a heated argument now subject of a criminal charge, a court has heard.

A NSW magistrate on Friday resumed a hearing over Mitch Hooke's allegation he was intimidated by the towering former South Sydney star, 32, at Mr Hooke's Southern Highlands property in October 2019.

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"As I've left, he said 'You could have had all this'," Burgess told Moss Vale Local Court.

"I said I didn't want that, I said it's all fake."

Mr Hooke looked upset before the two told each other "f*** you" in the Glenquarry property's driveway, the hearing was told.

The court has heard the argument about 4pm on October 19 was sparked after Burgess, who had recently separated from Mr Hooke's daughter Phoebe Burgess, came to the end of a two-hour visit at the Hooke home.

It continued as Burgess made his way to his car parked in the driveway, the former footballer said.

Mr Hooke said "no one loves you, your own family doesn't love you, we love you and you're throwing it all away", prompting Burgess to tell the former Minerals Council boss no one in Glenquarry liked him.

"I closed the boot but Mitch was still saying things to me," Burgess said.

"(He said) 'I'm going to make sure I ruin your career if it's the last thing I do'.

"I said 'you're a bad person, you're a piece of s***.'"

Sam Burgess fronts court in Moss Vale

Under cross-examination, Burgess denied swearing inside the house, where children were playing, but agreed he'd been wrong to tell police Mr Hooke was the only aggressor.

"I was angry and upset," he said of his own state while at his car.

Mr Hooke was standing metres away as Burgess packed his car, the 32-year-old said.

That's in contrast to the version told by Mr Hooke in which Burgess repetitively yelled "I'm going to get you" 20 centimetres from his face.

Phoebe and Sam Burgess are pictured in 2018, before the breakdown of their marriage. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
Phoebe and Sam Burgess are pictured in 2018, before the breakdown of their marriage. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

"I remember the finger and it being right in my face," Mr Hooke told the court in November.

Attention was drawn to Burgess calling adviser Anthony Bell - dubbed a "fix-it man" by police prosecutor Jamie Phillips - minutes after leaving the home.

"He's actually my friend," the retired Rabbitoh said.

Burgess then called his solicitor and a communications adviser.

Back at the property, Mr Hooke and Ms Burgess were making their own calls to legal professionals before Ms Burgess called triple zero.

She previously told the court she arrived home to find her father emotional, shaky and not making a lot of sense.

The 64-year-old told her Burgess "had wild eyes ... he just came at me".

Burgess, an England dual-international, retired in 2019 after a 270-game NRL and English Super League career.

He stood down from roles as a commentator and South Sydney assistant coach in October.

The hearing is expected to finish later on Friday.

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