Eels star Semi Radradra punched partner two weeks after birth of child, court told

Parramatta Eels NRL star Semi Radradra arrives at Parramatta court for the hearing into allegations he bashed his girlfriend. Photo: Peter Rae

Parramatta Eels NRL star Semi Radradra arrives at Parramatta court for the hearing into allegations he bashed his girlfriend. Photo: Peter Rae

NRL star Semi Radradra​ allegedly told a pastor, "I used my hands on her," after punching his partner during an argument at their home.

The winger's estranged partner Perina Ting has told a court hearing that Radradra punched her during a row over her mother coming to stay about two weeks after she had given birth in November 2014.

During a second argument in April 2015, Ms Ting said Radradra had pushed her into a wall causing her to black out for a few minutes.

When she came to, the court heard, Radradra was standing over her with a glass of water and told her: "you've got concussion".

Radradra has pleaded not guilty to two counts of domestic violence-related common assault and faced a hearing in Parramatta Local Court on Monday.

NRL player Semi Radradra arrives at Parramatta court. Photo: Peter Rae

NRL player Semi Radradra arrives at Parramatta court. Photo: Peter Rae

A third count of domestic violence-related assault causing actual bodily harm has been withdrawn.

Ms Ting told the court the she had wanted her mother to travel from Fiji to be with her and her newborn, but Radradra had not filled out the forms to help her get a visa.

After her mother rang her on the phone, the court heard, Ms Ting and Radradra had an argument in the bedroom.

Radradra, the court heard, was upset about the length of the conversation. 

"I just grabbed the phone and smashed the phone on the wall ... I told him 'he's a liar'," Ms Ting said.

"He stood up and he punched me."

Ms Ting told the court she started crying and locked herself in the bathroom. She overheard Radradra call a pastor and ask him to come the home.

Translating from Fijian, Ms Ting told the court that Radradra told the pastor: "I used my hands on her". 

The pastor arrived, the court heard, and talked to the pair together and they read a Bible verse before he left.

Ms Ting said the second alleged assault occurred during an argument about bullying on Facebook the following year.

She said she threatened to call the police but Radradra was crying, apologising and promising not to hurt her again.

Five witnesses are expected to give evidence at the hearing. 

This story originally appeared on www.smh.com.au 

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