Collingwood footballer Marley Williams will face a trial over a grievous bodily harm allegation in December, and also faces having to get a new lawyer.
Williams, one of the Magpies’ brightest young talents, is accused of punching a 29-year-old man and breaking his jaw outside the Studio 146 nightclub in his home town of Albany last December.
In the District Court today, Chief Judge Peter Martino fixed a start date of December 9 for the five-day trial, which is due to feature at least five defence witnesses.
The court heard that Williams’ preferred lawyer was not available on those dates as he was due to defend in a murder trial at the same time.
However, Judge Martino said because of the scarcity of court time in the WA coastal town, he could not list the trial at another date, so the AFL Rising Star nominee may have to instruct another barrister to defend him.
Williams was not required to appear in court, instead answering his bail at Richmond police station in Victoria.Having joined the Magpies as a rookie, Williams’ footballing career has continued to take off in 2013, being named as the round 18 AFL Rising Star nominee for his performance against Greater Western Sydney.