The great rugby player Sam Burgess was not interviewed by the police on charges of intimidating the grandfather of his two young children.
The police claim an agreement has been reached that Burgess should be interviewed on the matter, but the former NRL star has exercised his right not to.
Burgess has not pleaded guilty to intimidating his father-in-law, but has to wait six months for the case to be heard against him.
He is accused of intimidating his wife Phoebe's father, Mitch Hooke, who is forbidden to approach or contact him.
Sam Burgess and his now estranged wife Phoebe (pictured) had a whirlwind relationship before their marriage collapsed
The former South Sydney captain was not at Moss Vale District Court on Wednesday when the case was mentioned, but the non-guilty plea was filed on his behalf.
The prosecutor had been looking for more time to collect material that would support Mr. Hooke's alleged fears of Burgess and his “reasonable reasons” for maintaining those fears.
However, judge Ian Cheetham denied another adjournment and set the case for a four-hour hearing next year.
Mitchell Hooke with his daughter Phoebe (pictured), who has estranged herself from her footballing husband. He had been forbidden to contact Mr. Hooke
The prosecutor also claimed Burgess agreed to be interviewed, but never introduced himself to the Moss Vale police station.
However, Prime Minister Bryan Wrench's lawyer said his client was always available and fulfilled all of his obligations.
"He wants to fight this matter," said Wrench to the court.
Burgess was arrested in October after an alleged confrontation by an order to arrest the police on behalf of Mr. Hooke.
Attorney Bryan Wrench (right) represents the former NRL player. It can be seen on Wednesday in front of the Moss Vale Courthouse in Sydney
Attorney Bryan Wrench (pictured right) made a non-guilty declaration on behalf of Sam Burgess to the Sydney court on Wednesday. The former NRL player has not appeared
The police later accused Burgess of intimidation for the same incident with the 63-year-old.
Mr. Wrench alleged that Mr. Hooke had made false allegations against his client when the case was brought before the same court in November.
Mr. Wrench told the court that Burgess vigorously denied any wrongdoing and that there was "no violence, no intimidation, no threats".
On this occasion, too, Burgess did not appear in court.
Sam Burgess with wife Phoebe (pictured) before their whirlwind marriage collapsed
The police were called to the Hooke family home in Glenquarry, just outside of Bowral, on October 19, after what they called an "incident."
It is believed that Burgess was on the property for an arranged visit with his two children, who had lived there with their 30-year-old mother.
According to reports, Mr. Hooke asked Dual Code International to leave the property, which Burgess did, but the police were called around 5 p.m.
A subsequent preliminary AVO against Burgess prohibited him from staying within 1 km of the property or contacting Mr. Hooke.
Mr. Wrench said on Wednesday that there had been no further "incidents" since October 19.
Sam Burgess is enjoying lunch with cricket commentator Michael Vaughan (pictured) in early December
"We do not want to contact the complainant," he said. "We haven't done this since the day of the incident."
Mr Wrench told the court last month that Burgess "understood its obligations".
"He does not want to contact the complainant, especially if he has made false allegations about what happened that day," said Wrench.
Mr. Cheetham stated that the matter should be heard on June 26th.
The Burgesses married Phoebe's parents in December 2015 and separated at the end of last year before they rebuilt their relationship until April. They separated again in October.
Burgess celebrated its 31st birthday last Saturday and went to Instagram to share several festive photos.
The retired athlete enjoyed the day with son Billy, one, and daughter Poppy, two, and told his fans he couldn't ask for more.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs (pictured) arrive for an NRL trial in NRL Central in Sydney in August. He denied the classification of his second class
"What a way to bring 31, thanks to everyone for your kind messages," he wrote alongside the hashtags "Silberfuchs" and "fam bam". "Ate too much chocolate cake, but what a day."
Burgess, lured to the Rabbitohs by club owner and Hollywood star Russell Crowe, left the rugby league on October 30 for a chronic left shoulder injury.
His wife told her Instagram followers on Monday that she is working hard to raise the former couple's children.
“When I look in the mirror, I don't really mind the tired face that is staring at me, because that's the face of a woman who made her raise good people, and THAT is something to be proud of can be & # 39; She said.
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