Cowboys halfback Robert Lui has today been placed on a two-year good behaviour bond and fined $2000 after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The incident, which involved his partner, occurred in September last year before Robert was a member of our playing staff.
Since arriving back in his hometown of Townsville, the Cowboys have provided Robert with on-going support and assistance which has included regular counselling.
Robert is responding very positively to those sessions.
It has helped motivate him to keep on a clear track and we have been told he will continue to benefit from regular counselling, as well as being in a very supportive club and family environment.
Before we signed Robert, we were aware of this pending charge and he admitted he had made mistakes in his life.
Since Robert has been with the Cowboys, he has been an exemplary trainer, a fine contributor to our club and has clearly indicated he wants to make a fresh start with us.
However, in conjunction with the NRL, the Cowboys have decided to suspend Robert from playing indefinitely after he pleaded guilty today.
The length of his suspension will be determined in due course with his rehabilitation remaining a high priority.