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Beale goes to mediation over assault allegations

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Marissa Calligeros

Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale arrives for an earlier court appearance.

Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale arrives for an earlier court appearance. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Rugby union star Kurtley Beale, who is accused of assaulting a Brisbane bouncer, has agreed to participate justice mediation, a court has heard.

Beale’s case was mentioned in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning, where his lawyer confirmed the Wallabies playmaker would meet face-to-face with his alleged victim.

It is understood previous attempts at mediation have stalled and ultimately failed.

Beale, 23, was charged with one count of common assault after he allegedly hit a bouncer at the Victory Hotel in Brisbane’s CBD on the morning before an Australia-Wales Test on June 8 last year.

It’s alleged the assault occurred after Beale and teammate Quade Cooper were refused entry.

The Australian Rugby Union postponed a disciplinary process concerning Beale until the police matter was resolved, meaning he remained available for Super Rugby games, Tests and the Wallabies Spring Tour of Europe.

The mediation process will afford Beale the opportunity to make amends for his alleged actions, including monetary compensation.

Under Queensland law, justice mediation is voluntary, confidential and free.

According to the Department of Justice, ‘‘justice mediation gives you the opportunity to own up to what you have done, accept responsibility for your actions and take steps to repair the harm or damage you caused’’.

Offences including stealing, assault, wilful damage and unlawful use of a motor vehicle, can be referred to mediation.

Beale’s case has been set down for mediation on April 17.

- with AAP

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