An investigation is underway into the behaviour of officers involved in a violent altercation with NRL star Tom Starling on the NSW Central Coast. The Canberra Raiders hooker was cleared of any wrongdoing in court earlier this year, more than two years after the bar brawl involving him and his brothers.
CCTV footage presented in court showed Tom being punched repeatedly by an officer. Josh, who testified in court, feared for Tom’s life during the altercation. Police have confirmed they are investigating the conduct of some officers involved.
The Starling family has had a tough few years, with the incident turning their world upside down.
Tom’s mother, Joanne, witnessed the altercation and was devastated to see it on the front page of the news. Despite accusations that Tom attempted to grab a firearm from police, the NRL stood by him, and he was eventually cleared of all charges. Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart expressed his support for Tom and praised the decision to investigate the conduct of the police officers involved.
In court, Tom and his brother Jackson were found not guilty of resisting police, while Josh was found not guilty of assaulting police but guilty of resisting them. He was also found guilty of assaulting a security guard but received no conviction, only two 18-month good behaviour bonds. The security guard has since been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm over the brawl. The investigation into the conduct of the officers involved in the altercation is ongoing.