UPDATE: Hawthorn has released the following statement on Brad Hill following assault charges in January:
“Hawthorn midfielder Bradley Hill appeared in the Dandenong Magistrates Court today on the charge of assault following an altercation on January 24.
Hill was offered a diversion program and accepted a $1000 fine
Hill notified the club at the time of the incident and has cooperated fully with police.
Hawthorn GM – Football Operations Manager Chris Fagan said:
“Bradley has kept the club informed throughout this entire process and was counselled on the matter in January.
“The club has decide to match the financial sanction of the court and as such Bradley will donate $1000 to Step Back Think, a not-for-profit organisation focused on the prevention of social violence.
The club now considers the matter resolved, and will make no further comment”
EARLIER: Three-time Hawthorn premiership player Brad Hill has avoided a conviction following assault charges from January this year.
The 22-year-old has been given a 12-month diversion program.
Hill appeared in Dandenong Magistrates Court on Monday morning after he was charged with assault following an altercation at Empire nightclub in Narre Warren in Melbourne’s south-east on January 24.
Charges will be dropped in 12 months time if he adheres to the conditions of the order and maintains good behaviour.
He was also ordered to apologise to the victim and pay $1,000 to the court fund.
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It is Hill’s second court appearances in as many weeks, after he appeared in court last Wednesday morning after being caught driving whilst suspended, escaping with a $500.00 fine.