Victoria Shannon says Greg Bird threw bottle at her head



Lisa Davies | The Daily Telegraph | July 07, 2009 12:15PM

A YOUNG woman has levelled tearful allegations against ex NRL star Greg Bird, saying he called her a "f***ing s**t with tattoos" before he tipped a vodka drink over her and threw the bottle at her head.

Victoria Shannon has told Sutherland Local Court that the bottle struck her ear and dislodged an earring, after which Bird started "throwing punches at my chest" - about five, three of which connected with her torso.

Bird has denied assaulting Ms Shannon, with his lawyer Patrick Conaghan telling the court Ms Shannon had in fact reacted to a comment he made about her tattoos, and she and her sister Sarah had attacked him.

He has pleaded not guilty to the alleged assault at Fusions nightclub at Cronulla in Sydney's south in the early hours of January 19 last year. Earlier, Sarah Shannon denied being ``incredibly intoxicated'' and ``taking a swing'' at the former NRL star on the night of the incident. ``Do you get aggressive when you drink?''

Bird's lawyer Patrick Conaghan asked Ms Shannon under cross-examination. ``No ... I don't believe that I was aggressive ... when (the bouncers) weren't cooperating I might have had a bit of a temper (and) raised my voice.''

Mr Conaghan accused Ms Shannon of running out of the club after Mr Bird to try to take a swing at him, which she denied.

``I'm going to suggest to you again, madam, that you and your sister attacked Mr Bird, didn't you?'' Mr Conaghan said. ``You took offence to Mr Bird saying something about your sister's tattoos.

``You abused security at the bottom of the stairs ... and either you or your sister punched one of the security officers.''(And then) you took a swing at Mr Bird - you jumped on his back and you lost your shoe, didn't you?''

Ms Shannon denied all the allegations. However, Victoria Shannon has told the court she saw her sister jump on the stocky footballer's back after the incident. "He (then) sort of threw her to the ground," Victoria Shannon said.

Earlier, Sarah Shannon has denied assaulting Bird and trying to punch a security guard on the night she claims her sister Victoria was left bleeding and shaken after being hit with a glass bottle.

But the stocky five-eighth says he was the real victim of the assault.

Bird claims he was sober when set upon by two women while trying to escort a mate's drunk girlfriend from the club.

Giving evidence at his trial at Sutherland Local Court this morning, Sarah Shannon denied being "incredibly intoxicated" on the night of the assault, saying she had only had half a bottle of champagne.

"Do you get aggressive when you drink?" Bird's lawyer Patrick Conaghan asked Ms Shannon under cross-examination.

"No ... I don't believe that I was aggressive ... when (the bouncers) weren't cooperating I might have had a bit of a temper (and) raised my voice."

Mr Conaghan accused Ms Shannon of running out of the club after Mr Bird to try to take a swing at him, which she denied.

"I'm going to suggest to you again, madam, that you and your sister attacked Mr Bird, didn't you?" Mr Conaghan said.

"You took offence to Mr Bird saying something about your sister's tattoos.

"You abused security at the bottom of the stairs ... and either you or your sister punched one of the security officers.

"(And then) you took a swing at Mr Bird - you jumped on his back and you lost your shoe, didn't you?"


Ms Shannon denied all the allegations.

The trial before Magistrate Jayeanne Carney continues.


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