The ex-girlfriend of Sydney Swans youngster Elijah Taylor says she is shaken up after he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
Pearce spoke to Channel 7 in the wake of the incident and said she was still trying to process what had happened.
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Taylor was picked up by the cops and taken to Cannington Police Station on Sunday night after an alleged incident earlier that day.
The 19-year-old AFL player was interviewed for several hours before being charged and released.
“Cannington Detectives have charged a 19-year-old man following an incident in Perth yesterday morning, 13 September 2020,” said a statement from WA police.
“It is alleged that between 6am and 8am the man assaulted an 18-year-old woman who is known to him at a hotel in the Perth CBD.
“The 19-year-old man from Maroubra (NSW) has been charged with Aggravated Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm and was bailed to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday 30 September 2020.”
If found guilty, the offence carries a maximum penalty of three years behind bars and a fine of $36,000 in the Magistrates Court of Western Australia, and a maximum term of imprisonment of seven years if it is dealt with in a higher court.
Circumstances of aggravation in WA include when the alleged offender is in a domestic relationship with the victim, where a child was present, where the conduct breaches the terms of a restraining order, or where the victim is 60 years or older.
A member of Taylor’s family told 7 News Perth they “did not condone violence against women”.
The Sydney Swans are set to release a formal statement on Tuesday after investigating the incident following the club’s Sunday night clash with Brisbane in Cairns.
“The AFL, its leaders and players have a real opportunity to influence behaviour among a group of male role models, as well as the wider community, and they should grab it with both hands and run with it,” Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Simone McGurk said on Monday.
“We are calling on any individual or organisation — not just the AFL — to do the decent thing, show leadership and speak out.”
It’s the latest blow for Taylor, who made headlines last month when Pearce entered the club’s quarantine accommodation in Perth, which was not permitted in the AFL’s return to play protocols.
Taylor’s partner was alleged to have crossed a golf course and jumped multiple fences in order to enter the Swans’ biosecurity bubble. She spoke with Channel 7 soon after, confirming the true events surrounding the meet up, claiming there was no scaling of any fences.
“No security, I didn’t see a security guard,” she said.
“I just walked through, went to his room. That’s how easy it was. I didn’t jump any fences.”
The Swans were given a $50,000 fine, and Taylor was stood down from the club for the remainder of the season.