Majak Daw charged with rape
North Melbourne footballer is charged with three counts of rape relating to an alleged sexual assault in Altona North in 2007.PT0M0S 620 349
UPDATE: North Melbourne forward Majak Daw is free to play but the AFL has reserved the right to stand him down after he was charged with three counts of rape relating to an alleged sexual assault in Altona North in 2007.
Victoria Police detectives filed a charges summons at court on Monday and Daw is expected to be served with a summons today.
It is believed the charges relate to allegations of penile, oral and digital rape.
Brent Harvey (L) has a playful shove with Majak Daw at a Kangaroos training session. Photo: Michael Dodge
Fairfax Media reported earlier this month that Daw had been arrested and interviewed in May over the offences allegedly committed in 2007.
Daw, 23, has reportedly denied the allegations.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed that detectives from the Sex Crimes Department had charged a 23-year-old man from Wyndham Vale with three counts of rape.
"The charges relate to an alleged historical assault in Altona North in 2007. As the matter is before the courts, Victoria Police will not be making any further comment," the spokeswoman said.
A filing hearing is scheduled for July 11.
Daw, the first Sudanese-born player to play AFL, joined the Kangaroos as a rookie in 2010, but has struggled to retain a regular spot in the team
In a statement, North Melbourne said the club would support Daw and he would remain available for selection at VFL and AFL level.
"The club respects the integrity of the legal process and asks that the right to privacy of all involved be respected," it said.
AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon said the AFL supported the Kangaroos' response.
"This is a very serious matter and it is being treated very seriously by the Club and the AFL," Dillon said.
"It is now important that the legal process be allowed to run its course. The AFL acknowledges the importance of the presumption of innocence in this case and also the need to treat all parties with respect and understanding.
“Given the specific circumstances of the case, the AFL has determined that the player remains available for selection by his Club. However, we will monitor the case and reserve the right to take action under our rules if deemed appropriate.
"Further, the AFL has determined that a restriction will be placed on the player’s AFL and club promotional and development duties."
Daw is managed by Craig Kelly's Elite Sports Properties. In a statement, the company said: "As this is the subject of an ongoing proceeding, it is not appropriate for Majak, or ESP, to make any comment in relation to the matter. He is entitled to a presumption of innocence and we would ask that this and the right to privacy of all involved be respected."
More to come.