Former NRL player Jamil Hopoate has caught Covid-19 as he waits to learn whether he will be jailed for spitting on and slapping his partner.
The assault took place during a drunken incident in Port Macquarie late last year.
The Ex-Brisbane Broncos player was due to appear in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Friday, where he was set to be sentenced by Magistrate Miranda Moody.
However, Hopoate’s barrister Evan James told the court his client had contracted Covid-19 while on bail and could not attend in person.
The hearing could still proceed via videolink.
But Ms Moody said she may require Hopoate to be in court, meaning the matter could be adjourned for a fourth time.
Hopoate was released from custody in early July.
Camera IconJamil Hopoate has caught Covid as he was set to be sentenced for assaulting his partner Shae Beathe (right) outside a Port Macquarie club. Photo: Steve Pohlner. Credit: News Corp Australia
He has pleaded guilty to seven offences, including two counts of common assault – domestic violence related, one count of common assault, two counts of stalking/intimidation, driving without a license and mid-range drinking driving.
Hopoate was arrested after he was thrown out of Panthers Port Macquarie on December 28.
He pleaded guilty to assaulting Shae Beathe, who was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital, in the club parking lot before he sped off.
According to a statement of agreed facts, the pair was having dinner at the club before Hopoate went to the pokies room where he continued drinking.
When Ms Beathe came to ask him to take their family home, he became argumentative, snatching her bank card, bending it and throwing it on the ground, prompting security to step in.
CCTV caught the moment Hopoate spat at Ms Beathe, which hit both his partner and the security guard.
He was thrown out but the altercation continued in the parking lot, where he unleashed a verbal tirade and slapped Ms Beathe.
Camera IconJamil Hopoate was not re-signed by the Broncos before he assaulted his partner. Photographer: Liam Kidston. Credit: News Corp Australia
Ms Beathe was escorted to her car by security and when Hopoate saw her approaching, he let loose with a verbal threat at the guards.
“What are they going to do? I will bash them,” Hopoate said, according to a statement of agreed facts.
Hopoate struck Ms Beathe on the face with an open palm, knocking her to the ground.
Ms Beathe told police she did not want to make a statement, however the incident was captured on CCTV.
She was taken to hospital as a precaution and Hopoate’s car was seen driving slowly past the entrance.
He was eventually pulled over on the Oxley Highway at Port Macquarie and recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.095, nearly two times the legal limit.
Camera IconJamil Hopoate was arrested over his alleged involvement in a large scale cocaine importation. Supplied/NSW Police. Credit: Supplied
Hopoate played 12 games for the Brisbane Broncos in 2020 but the club refused to renew his contract before his arrest.
He successfully applied for bail in the Supreme Court in July, with Ms Beathe celebrating the occasion with an Instagram post saying: “And he’s home … Amen.”
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