Shaun Kenny-Dowall is only in court challenging domestic violence claims because his former girlfriend didn't receive a payout she demanded from his Sydney Roosters NRL club, his barrister says.
The 11 charges against the Kiwi international, which include allegations he kicked Jessica Peris, head-butted her, put her in a headlock and threw a phone at her, should be thrown out due to a lack of evidence, Ian Temby QC told the Downing Centre Local Court on Friday.
"The prosecution has failed to prove its case and the charges should be dismissed," Mr Temby said as he wrapped up his submissions in the three-day hearing.
However, police prosecutor Amin Assaad argued the 28-year-old was a jealous and controlling boyfriend who had anger problems.
Ms Peris was supported in court by her mother, Senator Nova Peris, who watched on as intimate details of her daughter's 14-month live-in relationship with Kenny-Dowall were laid bare.
According to Ms Peris the pair argued regularly, as was made clear from a selection of the 40,000 texts the couple exchanged, which were read in court.
The court was also told details of the young couple's "vigorous" sex life.
Ms Peris spent hours telling the court about the alleged abuse and said in February 2015, Kenny-Dowall pushed her in the hallway of their eastern Sydney home following a dispute over their pet dog, Marco.
The following month, Kenny-Dowall allegedly kicked at Ms Peris several times as she tried to enter their bed.
In April, Kenny-Dowall pushed Ms Peris after she came home from a night out, she said.
He also allegedly sent her offensive text messages, but things escalated in June as their relationship deteriorated.
Ms Peris was put in a "position similar to a headlock", Senior Sergeant Assaad said.
In another incident, he allegedly clenched his fist and raised it at her while standing about 15 centimetres from her face.
The final charge over which Kenny-Dowall is in court relates to allegations he punched a painting while Ms Peris' head was close to it.
"The evidence given by the alleged victim was cogent," Mr Assaad told the court.
Mr Temby disagreed and on Thursday used his cross examination of Ms Peris to suggest she had "recycled" domestic violence complaints made in 2011 against a prior partner.
Ms Peris denied the claim, but conceded seeking "material support" from the Roosters before going to police.
The court heard the club offered shelter and a car for a month, but Ms Peris wanted accommodation and a car for six months, and one months' income.
Mr Temby on Friday said Ms Peris' allegations would be difficult for the court to accept.
He said his client was in court because the Roosters had not complied with Ms Peris' requests.
"Because she did not get her way, we are here now," Mr Temby said.
Magistrate Greg Grogin will consider the matter over the weekend, with a judgment expected on Monday.