Manase Fainu charged after knife attack
Tue 29 Oct 2019, 12:58 PM
Manly's Manase Fainu has been charged with allegedly stabbing a man at a church dance in Sydney last Friday.
Fainu was charged on Tuesday after handing himself in at Liverpool Police Station and was denied bail over the incident. He is due to face court on Tuesday afternoon.
The 21-year-old Sea Eagles hooker was charged with "wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, affray and recklessly cause grievous bodily harm in company," according to a NSW Police Media statement on Tuesday.
In their statement, NSW Police Media added: "Police will allege in court that the man was involved in an altercation when he produced a knife and stabbed another man."
Police allege that a 24-year-old man was treated for stab wounds at 11.30pm on Friday night following a brawl in Wattle Grove.
The man was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Both Manly and the NRL Integrity Unit have been made aware of the police investigation, with the Sea Eagles saying in a statement on Monday that "the club is monitoring the situation pending further investigation".
The NRL are yet to comment on the matter.
Fainu's post-season shoulder surgery had ruled him out of representing Tonga following a breakout year for the Sea Eagles.
He is rated one of the game's most promising young hookers, with his rise as Manly's first-choice rake seeing the club release Api Koroisau to Penrith in 2020.