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Two men charged over alleged racially charged abuse sent online to NRL player

Friday, 23 April 2021 02:29:24 PM

Detectives from the Fixated Persons Investigation Unit have charged two men following inquiries into alleged offensive messages sent to an NRL player last weekend.

Earlier this week, the Engagement and Hate Crime Unit and the Fixated Persons Investigation Unit commenced inquiries after the NRL Integrity Unit reported that a player had received numerous offensive and threatening social media messages – some of which were racially charged.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 22-year-old man at a home at Taree and a 25-year-old man at Lake Munmorah today (Friday 23 April 2021).

Police seized electronic devices, which will undergo forensic examination.

The men were taken to local police stations and each charged with use carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.

Both men were granted strict conditional bail, with the younger man due to appear at Taree Local Court on Tuesday 18 May 2021. The older man is due to appear at Wyong Local Court on Wednesday 12 May 2021.

Inquiries are continuing.