Sam Burgess’ ex-wife and father-in-law have been accused of engaging in a campaign to destroy the former NRL star.
Burgess was in Moss Vale Local Court for day two of his hearing, denying allegations he intimidated his father in law after a visitation with children at Mitch Hooke’s property near Bowral in 2019.
In his closing submissions Burgess’ barrister Phillip Boulten SC referred to the current court case and a 50 page affidavit Ms Burgess handed to The Australian newspaper which alleged drug use and domestic violence, allegations he has denied.
“Mitchell Hooke and Phoebe Burgess have tried to destroy my client’s career, this case is part of it. And it’s not going to stop here” he said.
He argued the Prosecution hadn’t proved Burgess said “I’ll get you” which meant the Magistrate was left with “two grown men arguing about the end of the access visit and that is not intimidation.”
Giving evidence earlier Burgess says the disagreement began when he was told it was time to leave the property after the two hours allotted.
“I told Mitch that I thought this was inhumane, there was a better way for us to do it and I think he knows that.”
“He then said if you’d like to talk about inhumane, we can talk about what’s inhumane Sam.”
“I said to Mitch, Mitch please not in front of the children, let’s just leave it” Burgess said.
He told the court as he walked out the front door he said to Mr Hooke “Mitch I think you’re a bad person inside and out and that’s the result why Phoebe is the way she is…”
Outside he said voices were raised and they swore at each other.
“I said f*** you Mitch, you’re a piece of s***.”
“He said Sam no one loves you… we love you and you’re throwing it all away.”
Mitch is then alleged to have said “I’m going to make sure I ruin your career if it’s the last thing I do.”
Burgess said he had been concerned about leaving the children at home with Mr Hooke and that was reinforced when he saw the children had made their way out of the house as he drove away.
After she arrived home Ms Burgess texted her ex husband.
“You’re a pig…we’re done. At least people have now seen who you really are, you f***.”
The court heard she also called triple zero.
Police phoned later that evening.
The court was previously shown vision of Burgess drinking schooners before he went to the house but a pharmacologist report says the mid strength beers would have left him with a blood alcohol reading of 0.00 or slightly above.
The Magistrate will hand down his decision on February 5.
Source: 9News | World News