Bombshell development as ex-Bulldogs NRL star faces trial for allegedly assaulting his fiancée when he ‘caught her with his teammate’
- An ex-NRL star allegedly assaulted his partner after he caught her cheating
- Michael Lichaa denies common attack on ex-partner Kara Childhouse
- A court heard how he caught her cheating with ex-teammate Adam Elliott
Michael Lichaa allegedly assaulted his ex-fiancée when he learned she was cheating on his best friend and former teammate, a court has told.
The former Canterbury and Cronulla star has denied assaulting his former partner Kara Childerhouse during a heated argument in February last year.
The case is currently pending in the Sutherland Local Court and is expected to be concluded on Thursday and Friday.
Former Canterbury star Michael Lichaa allegedly assaulted his ex-fiancée after he caught her cheating with his former teammate Adam Elliott
NewsCorp reports that the 29-year-old allegedly got into an argument with Childerhouse at their south Sydney home, prompting neighbors to call the police.
The court heard the incident unfolded after Lichaa caught his former partner allegedly cheating on him with his close friend and ex-teammate Adam Elliott. The court was due to hear evidence from Elliott on Thursday.
The prosecution asked for a postponement, claiming that Childerhouse was unable to testify until October 31 because she was pregnant.
Later in the day, the court was told that her mother had arrived at the court and told police that Childerhouse did not want to relive the “trauma” of the case and was concerned about the stress of giving evidence on the witness stand with entails.
The prosecution admitted there was no guarantee she would appear in court to testify if it were pushed further back. The case has dragged on for nine months and the magistrate was not convinced that Childerhouse would return.
A court heard Lichaa learned of his ex-fiancée’s cheating with Canterbury star Adam Elliott
The prosecution has asked Kara Childhouse not to testify because she is pregnant
“I have not heard any information that gives me any confidence that Mrs Childerhouse is likely to come if she is granted a reprieve,” Magistrate Melissa Humphreys said.
“Looks like Mrs. Childerhouse no longer wants to participate in the proceedings.”
In an earlier testimony, Childerhouse claimed that Liuchaa pushed her, causing her to be heard hitting a wall. The 29-year-old has pleaded not guilty to habitual assault and stalking/intimate fear of bodily harm.
His lawyers want Childerhouse’s evidence to be struck down because they say they were unable to question her on important issues.
Earlier, the magistrate ruled that a statement from Childerhouse, denying the allegations against Lichaa, will be included as evidence for the hearing.
The police had asked for it to be dismissed as inadmissible because Childerhouse alleges she was pressured by Lichaa, his parents and lawyer. However, the magistrate ruled that she could find no impropriety and allowed its recording.