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A busy night at the NRL Judiciary will see Titans skipper Kevin Proctor fight to save his season over a biting charge on Sharks playmaker Shaun Johnson.
Proctor’s hearing is up now after a lengthy delay over discussions about what evidence would be admissible for both parties. The hearing was scheduled for 6pm but didn’t start until about 7.30pm.
It’s also understoof that NRL judiciary chairman Geoff Bellew has been angered by the amount of public comments Proctor and Johnson have given prior to the case. He’s expected to make a note of it at the end of the hearing, while both players are facing fines.
Proctor’s hearing comes after Storm prop Jesse Bromwich was found guilty of his dangerous contact charge from an incident involving Roosters winger Matt Ikuvalu and will miss the clash with the Eels in Round 15.
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A key part of Kevin Proctor’s defence could be his victim, who has agreed to appear on video link.
“The Titans representative Tim Fuller has a few avenues that he could explore when it comes to defence argument and strategy,” Hannah Hollis said.
“Perhaps the most effective one will be hearing from the victim himself. Shaun Johnson has agreed to appear on video link and we do expect him to completely defend his Kiwis teammate and admit that on reflection Proctor didn’t bite him.
“There is also a doctor’s report that outlines Proctor’s chronic sinus condition and so he may have been acting in self defence.”
— Dan Walsh (@dan_walsh64) August 18, 2020
HEARINGS (Tuesday August 18)
5pm – Jesse Bromwich – Storm (GUILTY)
6pm – Kevin Proctor – Titans
7.30pm – Tyrell Fuimaono – Dragons
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Originally published as Judiciary live: Proctor hearing up NOW with NRL furious over public comments