Manly hooker Manase Fainu has been charged and held without bail by police over a stabbing incident that occurred outside a church in outer western Sydney on Friday night.
21-year-old Fainu, considered one of the more promising rising young talents in the entire NRL, presented to the Liverpool Police Station this morning where he was subsequently arrested and charged with wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, affray, and recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in company.
Police are set to allege that Fainu was present during an altercation that occurred on Friday night at around 11:30pm at a church in Wattle Grove.
Authorities will allege that during that altercation, Fainu allegedly produced a knife and stabbed an unnamed 24-year-old man.
Emergency services attended the scene and treated the victim for stab wounds, before transporting him to hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Fainu made 25 appearances for Manly in the 2019 NRL season, rising to the position of the club’s first choice hooker.
He is currently in custody, having been refused bail, and is now set to appear before Liverpool court later this afternoon.
Manly officials have been made aware of the incident, and are “monitoring the situation pending further investigation.” The NRL’s Integrity Unit is also aware of the on-going investigation, but has yet to issue public comment on the matter.
Investigations remain ongoing.Image: Getty Images / Cameron Spencer