NRL great expected to have domestic violence charges dropped

Hazem El Masri with his first daughter. Photo / Getty
Hazem El Masri with his first daughter. Photo / Getty

Domestic violence charges against former NRL player Hazem El Masri are expected to be dropped when he returns to court.

El Masri was charged with two assault offences in October after an allegation of domestic violence against his second wife Douah El-Charif.

His lawyer Chris Murphy has previously described Ms El-Charif as a "compulsive liar", telling a Sydney court that the claims against El Masri were "hysterical and false".

On Wednesday, Mr Murphy was unable to confirm that the charges will be dropped.

"The matter is listed before Bankstown Court on Monday," he told AAP.

The 39-year-old high-profile former winger married Ms El-Charif earlier in 2015 after splitting from his first wife and mother of his three children, Arwa, the year before.

In court last October, police alleged the offences against El Masri occurred at the Bankstown home the couple shared on October 19.

Claims in court documents alleged El-Masri assaulted Ms El-Charif twice over a two-hour period between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

But Mr Murphy claimed the victim had made a prank call to police and only went to the police station 'because she'd get fined otherwise'.

He said his client would "never strike a woman".

El Masri entered a not guilty plea on that date.

The former White Ribbon ambassador against domestic violence has been on bail since his arrest.

- Daily Mail

- Daily Mail

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