AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
NEW DELHI: Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach was granted bail today by a New Delhi court following accusations he molested a woman and beat up her fiance, his lawyer said.
The 27-year-old batsman, who has one cap for Australia, is signed up in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Royal Challengers Bangalore team, which took on the Delhi Daredevils on Thursday night. He faces up to two years in jail if found guilty of molestation and assault after the incident during an after-game party at the swanky ITC Maurya Hotel in the Indian capital.
The cricketer has denied the charges against him. His lawyer, Ajay Bhargava said: “He has received bail, on condition that he surrenders his passport and pays a surety of INR 30,000 ($550) on each charge.” He added that the court ruled that “a trespassing charge cannot be maintained” against Pomersbach after CCTV footage filmed outside the alleged victim’s room proved inconclusive on whether the cricketer had forcibly entered her suite.
A visibly relieved Pomersbach told reporters outside the court: “I am happy that I have been granted bail and looking forward to getting to the bottom of it.” His arrest was headline news in Indian and Australian newspapers on Saturday with reports detailing the sensational allegations in the case and the chequered history of the money-spinning IPL.
The powerfully built cricketer, wearing a heavy bandage on his right arm, fainted during an earlier court appearance on Friday.