Former NRL star Ben Barba sentenced over fight with partner

Former NRL star Ben Barba has been ordered to perform 150 hours community service over a fight with his partner at Townsville Casino.

But he’s walked out of court without having a conviction recorded.

The 2012 Dally M medal winner pleaded guilty to public nuisance and obstructing Police following the incident on Australia Day this year.


Mackay Magistrates Court was told Barba grabbed his partner Ainslie Currie around the throat and pinned her against a wall.

The court also heard he used a shoe to strike her head, knocked her over and threw a rock at her.

Ms Currie did not press charges but the incident cost Barba his NRL career after the North Queensland Cowboys tore up his contract.

The court was also shown Police bodycam vision which shows Barba calling them “rapists and racists” when they turned up at his home in May.

Barba narrowly avoided being arrested today after failing to turn up to court yesterday.

A warrant was due to issued if he didn’t show up to court by 11am today, before he eventually turned up at 11.02am.