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Taylan May guilty of assault, Penrith Panthers, sentence, news, updates

Panthers rising star Tylan May has been found guilty of assaulting a young fan while celebrating Penrith’s grand final victory.

The 21-year-old was with Panthers teammates Nathan Creary, Jarome Lui and May’s brother Tyrone at Duport Tavern, Maroochydore when the incident happened on October 8, 2021.

During the trial, the court heard Cree had previously been approached by an 18-year-old who had taken a video of him and wanted it deleted.

CCTV footage presented to the court shows May talking to Cleary and Tyrone May behind the man’s back.

He is then seen grabbing the man by his shirt collar and dragging him to the ground.

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The man hit his head on the ground during the fight and suffered a laceration to his neck.

May has pleaded not guilty to the charge of causing bodily harm.

Judge Matthew McLaughlin on Wednesday labeled May’s actions “abusive” and “cowardly”. He was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution and $1,000 to the victim. He had no convictions recorded against him.

May did not stand by the Panthers following the incident or during the trial.

“The Panthers have worked closely with the NRL Integrity Unit throughout the legal process, and the club will continue to do so,” the club’s statement read.

“The club will not comment further on this matter.”

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