NRL 2023: St George Illawarra Dragons, Francis Molo, domestic violence charge, what happened, no-fault stand-down policy, stalking/intimidating woman

Dragons player Francis Molo has pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge related to an incident just before Christmas.

Molo was charged with stalking/intimidating a woman in a domestic setting on December 17 over a pre-dawn incident at a Shell Cove address.

The former Maroons star did not appear at Port Kembla Local Court as the matter was briefly mentioned on Wednesday.

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Molo’s lawyers reportedly told the court they were disputing some of the details of the incident, but Molo pleaded guilty to the offence.

The 28-year-old forward has been ordered not to approach the woman for at least 12 hours after drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs.

The guilty plea may see him stood down under the NRL’s no-fault stand-down policy as can happen at the discretion of the CEO with any charges involving women or children.

“Dragons player Francis Molo today pleaded guilty to an intimidation charge relating to an incident at his home on December 17,” the club said in a statement.

“The NRL Integrity Unit was made aware of the matter at the time.

“The Dragons will continue to provide Francis and his partner with any support they require.

“The club will make no further comment on the matter.”

Originally published as Dragons star Francis Molo pleads guilty to domestic violence charge

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