Joseph Sgroi, who is based in Melbourne, will be asked to describe what medication del Busso was on when Reynolds allegedly left “bruising” to her right arm and left leg during the incident.
Reynolds’ lawyers will argue the “medication” made del Busso more susceptible to bruising.
I’m happy to matter has been brought forward to prove my innocence.
The playmaker’s defence lawyer, Dan McGirr, told Sutherland Local Court on Friday that Sgroi would be used as a witness to determine “how” the medication was used, if it was “injected or not”, “the purpose of the use of it” and the “effects it had” on her.
McGirr also said there would be 10 witnesses in the “very lengthy” hearing, all of whom would be cross-examined.
According to his personal LinkedIn account, Sgroi is a specialist in obstetrics, gynaecology and IVF and infertility and provides services to “assist women and couples to become pregnant and support them throughout pregnancy and childbirth”.
On Friday, Sgroi said he did not know whether he would be required to make the trip to Sydney for the case, or whether he would be cross-examined via video link.
The police prosecution case will rely heavily on photographs of del Busso’s alleged bruising.
Police say they are also aware of a close relationship between del Busso and controversial ex-AFL player agent Ricky Nixon.
Reynolds appeared before court on Friday alongside his mother in an effort to have his court case expedited. It was fast-tracked from July to April 29 and will now be heard at the Downing Centre.
“I’m happy to matter has been brought forward to prove my innocence,” Reynolds said.
Asked his thoughts on Greenberg’s decision, Reynolds added: “I haven’t heard anything from the NRL, but if they are supporting me I am very happy with that decision.”
After revealing Reynolds would not be stood down, Greenberg said: “Josh Reynolds has been upfront and open about his situation.
“He proactively advised the integrity unit prior to the commencement of the police investigation and I would encourage other players to be as forthcoming. That said, the allegation he faces is serious and we will continue to work with and receive updates about his situation from NSW Police.”
Reynolds said he would likely miss next week’s Nines due to ongoing court matters, but was hoping to make his return during a trial match with the Penrith Panthers on February 22.
McGirr referred to Reynolds’ case as a “moving feast” and one that could potentially prove “very lengthy” due to the amount of witness to be heard during the two-day hearing.
Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.