Julian Troy, a 40 year-old Sydney-based construction specialist with HWL Ebsworth, received an 18-month suspended sentence from the Northern Territory Supreme Court yesterday (30 July). Troy, a former NRL player who made 26 appearances for the Sydney City Roosters and Parramatta Eels from 1996 to 1998, got into an altercation with another man outside a Darwin pub in March 2011.
The Court heard that Troy knocked the victim to the ground before lifting him up by the collar and punching him in the face four times. He then stood up and kicked him in the head.
The victim had his teeth knocked out, suffered a broken nose and cheek bone and numerous lacerations.
Troy pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.
Troy declined to officially comment on the attack when approached by Lawyers Weekly. However, he did affirm media reports that he had apologised for the attack.
A spokesperson for HWL Ebsworth told Lawyers Weekly that Troy continued to be employed by the firm, and that it did not represent him at his trial.
“Julian has his own representation as it is a personal matter,” said the firm in a statement to Lawyers Weekly. “We aren't at liberty to comment on a matter that occurred outside of the work environment prior to Julian joining HWL Ebsworth. The firm doesn’t condone violence or Julian's actions; however this matter has been dealt with by the courts".
At the time of the assault, Troy was working for Ward Keller Lawyers in Darwin.
It has been reported that Troy’s lawyer told the NT Supreme Court that it was unlikely Troy would be able to practice law again.
Troy once more declined to comment when asked by Lawyers Weekly if he believed he could continue to work as a lawyer in the long-term.
Troy’s Former Parramatta teammate, Aaron Raper, who also played for the Cronulla Sharks and represented Australia, acted as a character reference for Troy.
Prior to joining HWL Ebsworth last year, Troy spent two years at DLA Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) and two years at DibbsBarker. He began his legal career with Speed and Stracey Lawyers in Sydney.
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