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SEMI Radradra’s former partner has told a court how the NRL star punched her in the face during an argument, then afterwards confessed to their pastor that “I used my hands on her”.
A tearful Perina Ting on Monday told the Parramatta Local Court that Radradra punched her on the cheek at their Telopea unit in western Sydney in November 2014 after an argument about her mother being unable to visit from Fiji.
Ms Ting said she had recently given birth and had wanted her mother to visit, but she wasn’t able to because Radradra hadn’t filled in the paperwork.
She said the couple argued about that, then Radradra became upset because she spoke to her mother for too long on the phone.
She smashed the phone on the wall and Radradra “stood up and he punched me”, Ms Ting testified.
She said she locked herself in the toilet and heard Radradra call their pastor and ask him to come over.
“So the pastor came and he said ‘What happened?’ and Semi told him that we’d got in an argument and he punched me,” she told the court.
She said Radradra told the pastor in Fijian that: “I used my hands on her.”
The pastor spoke to the couple and said “This is your family, you should love them” and read bible verse, Ms Ting testified.
Radradra on Monday silently watched Ms Ting give her evidence. He is facing a hearing charged with two counts of common assault.
The second charge relates to an allegation he pushed Ms Ting against a wall and knocked her unconscious.
A third allegation that he kicked her in the stomach when she was pregnant has been dropped.
An arrest warrant had to be issued for the 24-year-old at the time of his last court appearance in November, after he failed to show Parramatta Local Court while still in Fiji, before fronting to training two days later.
His passport was seized on that occasion, however he was given permission to travel to and play in the Auckland Nines last weekend.
Radradra has already signed a one-year deal to shift to French rugby union at the end of the year with Top 14 club Toulon, with an option for a second season in 2018-19.
The NRL and Parramatta will wait on the outcome of the court matter before determining any potential penalty being handed down to the one-time Australian representative.
The hearing continues.
Originally published as Radradra ‘stood up and punched me’