Michael Lichaa cleared of domestic violence

Former NRL star Michael Lichaa has been cleared of domestic violence charges after his former partner refused to come to court and ex teammate Adam Elliott vouched for his version of events.

The 18-month saga finally ended on Friday when Lichaa was found not guilty of assaulting his former partner Kara Childerhouse during a heated nighttime incident at his south Sydney home.

Lichaa, 29, has steadfastly denied attacking his former finances and magistrate Melissa Humphreys acquitted him of charges of assault and harassment on Friday.

Michael Lichaa (center). Image: NewsWire/Seb Haggett.Source: NCA NewsWire
Michael Lichaa and Kara Childerhouse. Image: delivered.Source: Delivered

His trial for magistrate Melissa Humphreys took a sensational turn on Thursday when Ms Childerhouse refused to come to the local Sutherland court to testify.

Despite a subpoena and halfway through her testimony, the police were unable to contact her after knocking on her door and calling her.

The court heard that she no longer wanted to participate in the proceedings and was pregnant and concerned about the stress of reliving the incident.

All of her testimonies she had provided up to that point were excluded, although a statement, in which she retracted the charges, was admitted as evidence.

It left the prosecutor with no evidence to subscribe to the charges.

Kara Childerhouse failed to show up to Sutherland’s local court. Photo: John GraingerSource: News Corp Australia

Police had claimed he was involved in an argument, prompting concerned neighbors to call police at his home in Connells Point.

The court learned that the incident happened after Lichaa caught Ms Childerhouse having sex with his buddy and former teammate Adam Elliott.

Elliott told the court on Thursday that he had been drinking for 12 hours after a party at Mr Lichaa’s home.

When it was suggested that Mr Lichaa had attacked Mrs Childerhouse, he said, “I disagree.”

Mr. Elliott told the court that Mr. Lichaa exclaimed “what the f*** are you doing?” and went out and walked warmly to and fro.

Adam Elliott told the court that Michael Lichaa did not attack his former partner. Image: NRL images.Source: Delivered
Michael Lichaa. Photo: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.Source: Getty Images

A witness previously told the court that she heard a man say loudly, “I’m going to fucking kill her”.

His attorney James Trevallion denied that this amounted to a crime of harassment, adding that there was no evidence the words had been said in her presence.

“Obviously it was a situation where there was a lot of emotion and feeling and it would be remarkable if he was walking up and down the street when he wasn’t yelling and yelling and being emotional and upset about what had happened,” Mr Trevallion told the court. on Friday.

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