In a video interview played to the court, Perez admitted he had got angry because he believed Ms Brooks had lied to him about a second pair of shoes she had when he picked her up from work at Centre City on May 31.Warning: TRIGGERING This is from the middle of it, click through for the whole thing.
They had fought when she said they were an old pair.
"I slapped her on the nose or lip. She was buying heaps and heaps of shoes. I don't know why she wants so many shoes and boots. I said `why do you keep lying to me?"'
Judge Murfitt found the two assaults and the intentional damage proven but reduced the assault charges to male assaults female.
He said he believed Ms Brook's version of the assaults.
But the judge did not find that Perez' had intended to injure Ms Brooks. "I think it likely he was intending to subdue her and impose dominant control over her."
The report certainly sounds like Perez has some serious issues with control, anger and violence. I imagine that would surely be more detrimental to his playing career than any conviction. To be a good rugby player you need to be able to focus, control your emotions and your body, and think tactically. I hope he gets the assistance he needs to sort this out, but going for a discharge without conviction for what are really quite serious charges suggest that he's possibly not on the path to redemption yet.
PS I'm going to start referring to these as Quickies rather than Quick Hits. I feel really icky putting Quick Hit when these posts seem to so often be about violence.