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“It’s hard to tell until we see it,” Tabchouri said outside of court. “We are confident our client is innocent, and we will continue to progress on that basis.”

Fainu again did not appear at court as he continues to recover from a severe shoulder injury. On December 16, a magistrate excused Fainu from attending court on Monday to allow him to fully recover.

Police allege Fainu attacked a 24-year-old man during a brawl with a 10cm knife during the incident, leaving the victim with a punctured lung.

The 21-year-old has pleaded not guilty to charges of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, affray and recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in company.

The brother of one of Fainu’s Manly teammates, Jona Faingaa – also known as “Big Buck” – has also been charged over his alleged role in the brawl. He is the younger brother of Sea Eagles rookie Haumole Olakau’atu.


Mr Tabchouri also had Fainu’s bail on Monday varied due to a change of address. Fainu now resides in Elanora Heights and will report to Dee Why Police Station.

Mr Tabchouri said he reluctant to “publically” announce Fainu’s new address in the courtroom due to the “publicity” of the case.

The case will next appear in Campbelltown Local Court on March 18.

Fainu has been stood down indefinitely by the NRL under the league’s no-fault policy.

As Fainu’s charge was mentioned in Liverpool Court, down in Wollongong the trial for Jack de Belin began. De Belin was the first player to be stood down under the NRL’s stand down rule. De Belin has pleaded not guilty.

The trial is expected to last a fortnight.