28 Sep 2010

Tigers NRL player charged with 'choking' girlfriend

11:34 am on 28 September 2010

It's been a bad few days for the Wests Tigers league halfback Robert Lui.

The 20-year-old, a try-scorer in the Tigers' one point loss to St George-Illawarra in their NRL preliminary final at the weekend, was taken into police custody on Monday and charged with nine offences.

They include assaulting his pregnant girlfriend and aggravated robbery.

Lui will vigourously defend the charges, including one of using a choke on his pregnant girlfriend and another of holding her against her will.

The 20-year-old appeared in Burwood Local Court on Monday afternoon and was granted bail of $NZ6000 on the condition he live at an address in the Sydney suburb of Chiswick and not approach his partner.

The rising league star handed himself into police after a complaint about a domestic violence incident early on Sunday morning, hours after the Tigers had exited the NRL finals in a 13-12 loss to St George Illawarra.

The offences include two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three of common assault, one of malicious damage, one of choking with intent to commit an indictable offence, one of detaining for advantage and one of aggravated robbery.

Three of the charges relate to offences committed in May this year while it's been reported Lui had taken his partner's mobile phone during the Sunday morning incident.

The playmaker's manager Mark Stewart says his client would mount a strong defence.

Lui was immediately stood down by the Tigers until further notice.