Manase Fainu case pushed back until May due to coronavirus, de Belin trial also set for delays


The Manly hooker, who has been stood down indefinitely by the NRL, is facing multiple charges in relation to the alleged stabbing of a man at a Mormon church dance in October.

He has pleaded not guilty to a number of charges, including wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in company and affray.

“It’s unclear as to whether even if he was cleared now, whether or not the game will still be around,” Tabchouri said. “It’s just turned into madness, the whole system on its head.”

Police allege Fainu attacked a 24-year-old man with a knife during a brawl at a Wattle Grove party. Police allege the man was later found with a punctured lung after being stabbed in the back.

Tabchouri said he was adamant on getting Fainu a “positive outcome” from the matters and said the delay was disappointing for Fainu and his future playing career.

“I think Fainu’s future is one that is subject to these matters moving forward. Clearly what’s happening now with the NRL is an important issue as well,” Tabchouri said. “Ultimately our view is, as it always has been, that these matters are bigger than rugby league and clearly his rugby league future.”

The NSW Family Court and Federal Circuit Court have been closed after a legal staffer tested positive for coronavirus, with the Federal Court reducing its number of hearings for the next four months.

“It’s frustrating for everyone involved,” Tabchouri said. “That’s just what it is, unfortunately, obviously, these are extraordinary times.”

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Fainu’s case is expected to return to Campbelltown Local Court on May 13.



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