Football star charged over alleged face attack

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Northern Fury vs Redlands United at Townsville Sports Reserve. Fury Samuel Herlihy and Redlands Nicolas Bechar in April 2016.

Alexandria UttingGold Coast Bulletin

A SEMI-professional soccer player who allegedly punched a woman in the face repeatedly on Brisbane’s southside in August has been granted bail in a Gold Coast court.

Redlands United FC player Nicolas Bechar, 27, appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning charged with grievous bodily harm after he allegedly assaulted a woman he knew after giving her a lift home in the Brisbane suburb of Coorparoo on August 14 last year.

Northern Fury vs Redlands United at Townsville Sports Reserve. Fury Corey Waples and Redlands Nicolas Bechar in April 2016.

Northern Fury vs Redlands United at Townsville Sports Reserve. Fury Corey Waples and Redlands Nicolas Bechar in April 2016.Source:News Corp Australia

Bechar, who lives in Surfers Paradise but socialises in Brisbane, was charged at the Gold Coast on New Year’s Day.

Police prosector Sergeant Natalie Gorman told the court the 20-year-old Coorparoo woman had a metal plate inserted in her face following the alleged attack and could not work for more than one month.

Ms Gorman objected to Bechar’s bail on the basis he had been charged with very serious offences and could interfere with witnesses if released.

Bechar’s defence lawyer Colin Townes, of Armstrong Legal, said his client was expected to contest the charges and had abided by bail conditions in the past.

Northern Fury vs Redlands United at Townsville Sports Reserve. Fury Corey Waples and Redlands Nicolas Bechar in April 2016.

Northern Fury vs Redlands United at Townsville Sports Reserve. Fury Corey Waples and Redlands Nicolas Bechar in April 2016.Source:News Corp Australia

The court heard Bechar had been on bail since October after he allegedly told staff at the Fortitude Valley venue Cloudland he had a weapon, when asked to leave.

The weapon was later found to be fake.

“He has been the subject of bail conditions that mean he cannot attend Cloudland since October,” Mr Townes said.

The court heard Bechar works both as a semi-professional football player and at the Brisbane Airport about three nights a week.

He was granted bail on the basis he not go to a certain address in Coorparoo and is not allowed to speak with several witnesses to the assault.

Bechar will return to the Southport Magistrates Court on January 19 for the Cloudland offence and will face court in Brisbane on January 20 for the grievous bodily harm.

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