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NRL stars’ desperate search for Curtis Scott before harrowing crash

NRL stars Scott Drinkwater and Brandon Smith followed a frustrated Curtis Scott and saw the sacked former Raider drive his car into a tree, a court was told.

Mr Scott, 24, is appearing at Sydney’s Downing Center Local Court and denies assaulting and threatening his ex-partner Ty-Leigha Clarke.

Prosecutors alleged Mr Scott threatened to kill himself in one phone call to the athlete and social media influencer, saying “I’m going to kill you king” before driving into the car. a tree

The court heard a March 31, 2019 speech by several members of Ms Clarke’s family using abusive language about Mr Scott.

Former NRL star Curtis Scott has denied assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Photo: Gay Gerard / NCA NewsWireSource: News Corp Australia

At the time, Mr Scott was living with then Hurricanes teammates Scott Drinkwater, Brandon Smith and Brodie Croft in a share house in Melbourne’s east.

Mr Drinkwater, now a full-back with the North Queensland Cowboys, told the court via audio-visual link on Wednesday that Ms Clarke would come from Sydney to Melbourne to visit Mr Scott every two to three weeks.

During the incident, they discovered that Mr. Scott had taken Mr. Smith’s phone.

Mr Drinkwater told the court he used an iPhone app to track Mr Scott in his car to the train station carpark.

“We pulled back a bit to see what was going on and it went into a tree,” Mr Drinkwater told the court.

Mr Smith pulled his team-mate out of the car and Mr Drinkwater said Mr Scott was “in tears” but “didn’t say a word to anybody”.

Ty-Leiha Clarke with Curtis Scott before their breakup. Image: Provided / TwitterSource: Submitted
Ms Clarke was first attacked in October 2018. Picture: InstagramSource: Submitted

Mr Drinkwater said he overheard the couple arguing at one point with Ms Clarke leaving the house in an Uber and Mr Scott following in the car.

Mr Drinkwater said he lived in the bedroom with Mr Scott but never heard Ms Clarke’s cries for help.

“If you had heard Ty-Leiha screaming in Curtis’ bedroom, ‘Stop, you’re hurting me,’ what would you have done?” Mr. Scott’s lawyer, Slade Howell, asked.

Mr Drinkwater said: “If I was in that situation I would like to think I would have walked into the room.

“But you’ve never heard anyone yelling, ‘Stop hurting me,'” Mr Howell said.

“No,” said Mr. Drinkwater.

Scott Drinkwater saw Curtis Scott drive his car into a tree. Photo: Matt King/Getty Images.Source: Getty Images
Brandon Smith had to help Mr. Scott out of the car. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

The assaults are said to have taken place in the six months leading up to the end of Mr Scott and Ms Clarke’s two-year relationship in March 2019.

Ms Clarke made her first complaint to police in November 2021.

Mr Scott was booked at a southern Sydney golf course in January and was due to start a rail and trial deal with Parramatta at the time.

He has been charged with a series of offenses including four counts of common assault, stalking or threatening to cause fear or bodily harm and willfully strangling a person without consent.

Mr Howell denied Mr Scott had “extremely” physically assaulted Ms Clarke, strangled or threatened to kill her.

Ms Clarke’s father, David Clarke, told the court on Wednesday that he remembered listening to a phone conversation in which Mr Scott threatened to kill her and himself.

He said he was in the kitchen of his South Sydney home when he heard a noise.

Mr Clarke told Magistrate Judge Daniel Covington that Mr Scott called his daughter a “slut” and a “whore” and threatened to kill himself and Miss Clarke.

Mr Clarke said: “I heard his voice, he was out of control, Tae was trying to calm him down, he was suicidal and he was going to kill Tae in very descriptive terms.

Mr Scott reported hearing the car screeching before it ran into a tree.

Mr. Howell asked Mr. Scott if he could threaten to kill her, not herself.

Mr Clarke said: “It is unlikely that he spoke very often in that conversation.

The trial continues.

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