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Sharks’ Cooper off the hook for bar brawl

08/08/2014 Durban Sharks Players with their significant woman, from left are Kyle Cooper and Shenee Cooper. PICTURE: SIBUSISO NDLOVU

08/08/2014 Durban Sharks Players with their significant woman, from left are Kyle Cooper and Shenee Cooper. PICTURE: SIBUSISO NDLOVU

Published Jun 2, 2016

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Durban - Charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and general assault were on Wednesday withdrawn against Sharks hooker Kyle Cooper.

The rugby player was arrested in March for allegedly assaulting a father and his daughter at a bar on the Bluff.

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On Saturday, March 26, he had played the second half against the Crusaders. Early on Sunday, it was alleged, he had punched 19-year-old Camilla Johannessen after a verbal altercation at the Wagon Wheel Saloon in Lighthouse Road.

Johannessen apparently told her father, Donald, what had happened and he allegedly confronted Cooper in the car park, where he was allegedly assulted. Father and daughter laid complaints at the local police station.

Cooper was released on R500 bail and it was said he had laid a counter-charge of assault.

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On Wednesday, after a few earlier brief court appearances, the charges were withdrawn against Cooper.

National Prosecuting Authority regional spokeswoman, Natasha Ramkisson-Kara, said the parties had decided to sort out the matter amicably through mediation.

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