Professional Misconduct

Murray Newman

Address: Perth, WA, Australia
Age: 27
Sex: Male
Occupation: Athlete
Date: 7 March 2014


Murray Newman was found guilty of assault occasioning grievous bodily on 7 March 2014 at the District Court of Western Australia.

The accused broke the jaw of a man, Mr Marris, who had slept with his former girlfriend.

Newman, and AFL player, whose teammates Nic Naitanui, Dan Cox and Jack Darling had come to support him in front of the jury during the trial, had argued he acted in self-defence.

He said he didn't mean messages he sent on social media to his victim in the days leading up to the assault that said he would not stop until he hurt Mr Marris and suggesting his target start digging a grave.

Judge Staude queried the defence's submissions that Newman was remorseful and that his behaviour had been an aberration, with the judge pointing to the repeated challenges for a fight made by the player online before the assault despite his victim telling him to go away.

"It was a considered act ... it wasn't a spontaneous outburst," Judge Staude said, noting the player had been sober when he acted on a "deep" grudge in a violent way.

"He's only sorry because he has been convicted," the judge said, adding that while Newman had not denied hitting Mr Marris he had not taken responsibility for it.

Judge Staude sentenced the accused to 12 months imprisonment with a non-parole period of 6 months.