Plumber got involved in pub brawl sparked by NRL star’s slur

The second man in the middle of a Dubbo pub brawl that began after a Brisbane Broncos player made a homophobic accusation on a fan pleaded guilty to prosecution.

According to court records, when Jordan Gray asked the NRL star for a photo at the Commercial Hotel on November 6th last year, Staggs said, “No, you walk like an idiot.”

Kotoni Staggs is from Wellington and is about to sign a new multi-million dollar deal with the Broncos. Image: Brett Costello

Police said after Mr. Gray told Staggs to “run off” the Dally M Center of the Year, he walked up to his fan at a table and asked if he would call him a “black c ***”.

Then two of Staggs’ friends – Wellington man Brad McCarroll, 21 and Bathurst man Brogan Black, 22 – stood in front of Staggs and repeatedly hit Mr. Gray in the head.

Staggs was not accused of any wrongdoing in connection with the brawl.

Brisbane Broncos star Kotoni Staggs with his friend Brogan Black.  Image: Facebook

Brisbane Broncos star Kotoni Staggs with his friend Brogan Black. Image: Facebook

During the brawl, police said a woman, Charlotte Duffy, was slapped in the face and cut her upper lip, the “main cause” of which was McCarroll’s violent and reckless behavior.

According to police, after guests at the pub intervened to end the brawl, McCarroll saw Mr. Gray in another room of the pub.

Police said McCarroll started beating Mr. Gray repeatedly during what was known as an unprovoked attack on video surveillance.

Black vomited after the Dubbo police brawl, while McCarroll stayed in the pub to get started.

Wellington man Brad McCarroll has yet to be convicted for his role in the brawl.  Image: Facebook / Brad Mccarroll

Wellington man Brad McCarroll has yet to be convicted for his role in the brawl. Image: Facebook / Brad Mccarroll

McCarroll was charged with two assaults, while Black was charged with assault.

Black was convicted and given an 18-month community correction warrant while standing before Dubbo County Court in January.

McCarroll was originally due to be sentenced in March, but that date has been postponed until April.

He appeared in court on Wednesday for a conviction, and Judge Gary Wilson ordered a verdict report on the conviction.

McCarroll, who police said worked as a plumber, is due to be sentenced in May.

Dubbo District Court Judge Gary Wilson set a new date for the sentencing of McCarroll in May.  Image: Jedd Manning

Dubbo District Court Judge Gary Wilson set a new date for the sentencing of McCarroll in May. Image: Jedd Manning

Staggs was investigated by the NRL Integrity Unit, fined $ 10,000, and assigned to take a training course.

He said he was remorseful about the incident.

“I know what I did is now in the past,” said Staggs.

“I have nothing against the guy it happened to, and now it’s all aside.”

Originally released as Plumber, he was embroiled in a pub brawl that was sparked by the NRL star’s bow

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