Sunny Garcia to defend assault claims in Australia...
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Sunny Garcia to defend assault claims
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 May, 2011 : - - Former world champion Sunny Garcia will return to Australia to defend assault claims stemming from an alleged surf-rage incident. Garcia's lawyer Chris Nyst says his client denies any wrongdoing over an altercation at a Gold Coast pro-surfing event in February, and will co-operate with police.
"I can confirm Queensland police have contacted me today to advise a warrant has been issued for my client Sunny Garcia ..." Mr Nyst said in a statement.Sunny Garcia and world title contender Jeremy Flores from France became involved in a fight with a young local surfer after Garcia's teenage son was allegedly threatened while he and Flores were free-surfing near the contest area for the Burleigh Breaka Pro.
An amateur cameraman who recorded the fight claimed he was attacked by Sunny Garcia soon after. The cameraman lodged an official assault complaint with police, but soon withdrew it.
The latest police matter involves the young surfer who was allegedly assaulted. Mr Nyst said "Sunny Garcia has always maintained he is not guilty of any wrongdoing in the matter, From day one he made it clear he became involved in an altercation to defend his 16-year-old son. As a father he considered himself entitled, and indeed morally obligated, to do that.
Following the incident he made himself available to police investigating the matter, and he has not sought to hide or evade the issue in any way. No charge was laid at the time, and he subsequently returned to his home in Hawaii. Given today's development Garcia intends to return to Australia in due course.
Police would not comment other than to say a 41-year-old man was assisting them with inquiries into the incident in February.
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