Dragons’ Talatau Amone granted bail over alleged rooftop hammer assault

A St George Illawarra Dragons player charged over his role in an alleged rooftop hammer attack sparked by a parking dispute in the Illawarra will spend Christmas with his family after being granted bail on Friday.

Talatau Amone, 20, his father Talatau Dal Amone, 46, and a third man who remains at large are alleged to have confronted a 39-year-old roofing contractor in an incident on November 15 after a dispute over where he had parked his ute near the Amone’s Warrawong home.

Talatau Amone, left, and his father Talatau Dal Amone have both been charged.

Allegedly armed with hammers, the trio “damaged the younger man’s car, while he climbed onto the roof of the property and called police,” NSW Police said in a statement on Thursday. “The three men followed him onto the roof before the 39-year-old man was allegedly pushed, causing him to fall two metres.”

The Dragons five-eighth was arrested on Thursday afternoon at his family’s home and charged with causing reckless grievous bodily harm in company, damaging property and stalking.

The reckless grievous bodily harm in company charge carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment, meaning it meets the threshold for the NRL’s “no-fault stand down” for players charged with serious criminal offences that carry more than 11 years’ jail time.

St George Illawarra has reported the matter to the NRL’s integrity unit, it said in a statement on Thursday.

Junior Amone will report three times a week to the police station as part of his bail conditions.

Junior Amone will report three times a week to the police station as part of his bail conditions.Credit:Getty

“Dragons player Talatau Amone has been charged in relation to an alleged incident earlier this year. The club has notified the NRL integrity unit. As this is a legal matter, the club will be making no further comment.”

Amone spent the night in the cells but was on Friday granted bail.


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