Titans' Lawton has charges dismissed
Gold Coast NRL player Karl Lawton has had charges against him dismissed in a NSW court.
The up-and-coming Titans hooker was charged with assault and destruction of property in September when police arrived at his family home on the night of the club's Mad Monday.
But the 21-year-old's case was dropped on Tuesday at Tweed Heads Local Court when his brother Kayne, who was alleged to have been involved in the altercation, failed to appear as a subpoenaed witness.
"They're best of friends," Karl's lawyer, Campbell McCallum, said outside the court.
"As I understand it, it was just a wrestle.
"They carry on - boys will be boys and brothers will fight but thankfully all charges were dismissed."
It's understood that the Lawton family had no interest in pursuing the charges, and that there had originally been no formal complaint.
The brothers are believed to have made up, and Mr McCallum said he understood Kayne had failed to appear in court on Tuesday because he was on a holiday.
The prosecution opted against issuing a warrant for 27-year-old Kayne, himself a former NRL player, but instead issued a three-month apprehended violence order on Karl against his brother.
"There was an agreement made between the prosecution and the defence that Mr Lawton be of good behaviour for three months against his brother," Mr McCallum said.
"There are no restrictions, just basically be good boys to each other.
"It's probably not overly necessary but it drew the matter to a conclusion today."
Mr McCallum also suggested he believed the matter shouldn't have been scheduled for trial.
"Certainly it doesn't help when they have a bit of a profile in the community," Mr McCallum said.
"But at the end of the day the prosecution acted very fairly and all the charges were dismissed."
Lawton is recovering from a fractured ankle he suffered on debut against the Warriors last June.
He suffered a recent ligament setback and will miss the Auckland Nines, but is expected to be fit for round one if required.