Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Teen Girl Asked for Kiss, Jury Told; Stewart Trial Continues

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Teen Girl Asked for Kiss, Jury Told; Stewart Trial Continues

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Byline: Margaret Scheikowski of AAP

RUGBY league star Brett Stewart has told a jury the teenager he is accused of sexually assaulting had tried to kiss him and he told her "leave me alone".

"I remember exactly what happened," he said in a quivering voice, before wiping away tears in the NSW District Court in Sydney yesterday.

The 25-year-old Manly Sea Eagles fullback said he was "stunned" by the teenager's advance and broke down as he recalled being arrested and placed in a police cell.

Stewart was the first defence witness at his trial where he has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting and twice indecently assaulting a 17-year-old girl outside his north Manly home on March 6, last year.

The crown alleges he digitally penetrated and twice tongue-kissed the teenager.

Stewart said he was at the club's season launch on March 6, last year, where he drank about three or four beers, a couple of champagnes and a couple of bourbon and cokes over a six-hour period before popping in to two bars. …

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