Australia

Beale out on bail

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 06:34
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If mediation is not successful, Beale will return to court
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Wallaby utility back Kurtley Beale was granted bail on Tuesday to attend 'mediation', after appearing in court charged with common assault.

The Australian Rugby Union said in a statement that their disciplinary process would not begin until the legal process in court had played itself out.

The Melbourne Rebels star was involved in an altercation with a security guard after he and Wallaby teammate Quade Cooper were refused entry to a pub ahead of Australia's first Test with Wales last month.

During a brief mention of the matter in the Brisbane Magistrates Court, Beale's lawyer Angelo Venardos told the judge his client and the victim were attempting to resolve the matter out of court.

The hearing was adjourned until August 22 to allow this to happen.

However, the magistrate said if mediation was not successful, Beale would have to travel to Queensland to face any further court dates. Beale declined to speak to reporters outside court.

While Beale missed the first two Tests against Wales through injury, he was recalled for the third.

The ARU made it clear on Tuesday that they would not start disciplinary proceedings at this time.

"As stated previously an ARU disciplinary review procedure will not begin until the court process has been completed," the statement said.

"No further comment will be made at this time."

* Justice mediation allows for a face-to-face meeting between a victim and defendant. The complainant can talk about how they were affected by the defendant's actions and the defendant has an opportunity to try to repair the harm their actions have caused. It is voluntary and confidential.

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