The fallen NRL star presented himself to Mackay police and was charged with two counts of public nuisance over an incident at the Townsville casino in January.The former Dally M Medallist will appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on March 22.Barba reportedly will not face domestic violence-related charges because his partner Ainslie Currie has not made a complaint.Barba was sacked by NRL club North Queensland without playing a game for the club last month over allegations he was violent towards Currie in the incident.The NRL gave Barba a lifetime ban after viewing CCTV footage of the incident.But Barba’s lawyer Campbell MacCallum claimed on Tuesday he would now attempt to have the ban overturned.”He’s expressed his desire to play football this year,” MacCallum told reporters.”He wants to explore his options in relation to challenging the NRL ban and hopefully play rugby league in some sort of capacity.”I don’t think he’d play NRL but certainly local football, and that’s going to help his focus.”He’s feeling the pressure of the media on him – he’s also feeling the pressure of not being able to play the game that he loves.”It’s certainly pretty distressing for himself and a trying time for his family.”Barba was charged a day after telling a television news crew he had “lost everything” and threatened to “hurt” the reporter.North Queensland coach Paul Green said Cowboys welfare officers would keep in touch with Barba.”Our welfare guys continue to stay in contact with Ben. The club will continue to support him however we can,” he said.Green was not as expansive when told Barba intended to fight the NRL ban.Asked if Barba should be allowed to play again, Green said: “It’s probably not for me to comment.”Besides the two charges, Barba was on Tuesday also banned by Queensland police from entering Townsville’s entertainment precinct for three months.After winning a premiership with Cronulla in 2016, the star fullback copped a 12 game NRL ban for testing positive to cocaine for a second time.He left for stints in French rugby union and the English Super League before being offered a lifeline by the Cowboys, only to be sacked on February 1 over the casino incident.
The Special Presidential Taskforce has released an initial list of ‘persons of interest’ for a compliance screening exercise on all General Auditing Commission (GAC) reports that are not currently being investigated by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) or prosecuted by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in the country.The Minister of State without Portfolio and Chair of the Taskforce, Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, says the exercise effectively began on Monday, June 6.He said the names will be updated every week depending on how issues raised in the GAC reports are resolved. The Taskforce emphasized further that each person of interest has a period of 30 days to contact the office of the Minister of State without Portfolio responsible for compliance review to respond to the concerns raised in the GAC reports.Those concerned are asked to contact cell numbers 0886775571 or 0770130629 to schedule an appointment, a release said.Meanwhile, the Taskforce has noted that the pending exercise is purely administrative, and not an investigatory or prosecutorial process. “Our role is not to investigate and prosecute the GAC report. Our role at this point is to do compliance screening; to assist the GAC; ensuring that answers to the questions that were left unanswered are resolved. If we find improprieties, we will refer those to the LACC,” the Taskforce Chair clarified. Attached are the initial names of those persons of interest listed for the exercise:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)