Former NRL star Sam Burgess has been found guilty of intimidating his ex father-in-law during an altercation at his former wife’s family home in the NSW Southern Highlands.
The heated confrontation occurred at Glenquarry in October 2019, when Burgess was asked to leave the property after visiting his two young children.
The court heard Burgess allegedly threatened his former father-in-law Mitchell Hooke by saying “F*** you, you’re a piece of s***, you’re just like your daughter, you’re a piece of s***” and “I’m going to get you.”
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However, the 32-year-old pleaded not guilty to intimidation, instead accusing Mr Hooke of threatening him.
He said “I’m going to ruin your career if it’s the last thing I do,” Burgess told the court.
Moss Vale Local Court Magistrate Robert Rabbidge today found the former Sydney Rabbitohs player guilty of intimidation and placed him on a two-year good behaviour bond.
A conviction was also recorded.
“I’ve found you guilty and I note you were going through a lot of agony and it wasn’t easy for you,” Magistrate Rabbige said.
“This was a terrifying experience for Phoebe Burgess, and of course her dad in particular.
“I must record a conviction”.
Speaking outside court, Burgess told reporters that he is “confused” by the decision and has vowed to appeal.
“I’m confused with the decision, we’ve appealed the decision,” he said.
“I’m not going to say anything further. Thankyou.”