Elliott pleaded guilty to wilful and obscene exposure after he was photographed dancing naked on tables during Canterbury’s Mad Monday celebrations in the Rocks in September 2018.
The most likely outcome of the current scandal is that the Bulldogs will impose a series of sanctions – on the basis Elliott breached the club’s code of conduct and brought it into disrepute – in the form of a fine and potentially a suspension. However, there is an expectation that Elliott must first take responsibility for the latest incident and prove to the club hierarchy he is deserving of a final chance.
That could come in the form of Elliott vowing to abstain from alcohol altogether given it has been a common denominator in all of his off-field incidents. Canterbury powerbrokers want to ensure the latest incident doesn’t adversely affect their premiership campaign in the same way as last year’s Port Macquarie scandal.
The latest incident has angered some in the playing group, particularly those still close to Lichaa, at a time when the club parted company with player engagement coordinator Yvette Davey. Davey was close to several players and their partners, who sought her counsel on off-field matters.
The Lebanon international didn’t attend the first mention of the matter at Sutherland Local Court on Wednesday, while Childerhouse appeared alongside the former Canterbury hooker’s legal team. Childerhouse declined to comment as she left court.
Lichaa’s lawyer, Sam Saadat, told Sutherland Local Court his client would be pleading not guilty to the charges. Police allege Lichaa punched four windows of the house’s front door, causing deep cuts to his arm. The 27-year-old was arrested at the scene and taken to St George Hospital before being returned to police custody.
Lichaa spent four seasons as a teammate of Elliott at the Bulldogs but was not offered a new deal at the club after the 2019 season. Several clubs had offered Lichaa reserve grade opportunities with a view to potentially returning to NRL level, but he knocked them back.
The Herald reported earlier this week Childerhouse told police she had been caught kissing Elliott after earlier in the night accusing Lichaa of infidelity. Lichaa had then gone to bed only to wake at 4.30am and then find her with Elliott. Police allege he then chased Childerhouse onto the street.
She later locked herself in a room as neighbours rang triple zero.
Lichaa’s case has been adjourned to November 2.
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Adrian Proszenko is the Chief Rugby League Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Adam Pengilly is a Sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.