NRL star Dylan Walker pleads GUILTY to drunkenly assaulting a man outside Sydney pizza shop

NRL star Dylan Walker pleads GUILTY to drunkenly assaulting a man outside a pizza shop

Dylan Walker pleads guilty to assaulting a pizza shop worker in Sydney in 2020 The footy star was charged after he tried to get into woman’s car sparking brawl  

NRL star Dylan Walker will be sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to assault.

The Manly Sea Eagles centre, 26 was arrested in November after assaulting a man who came to the aid of his sister.

Walker had allegedly tried to get into the woman’s car that was parked outside Narraweena’s Little Italy restaurant on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Walker pleaded guilty to the charge on Friday morning in Downing Centre Local Court, avoiding a two-day trial that was set to take place.

Dylan Walker has plead guilty to assaulting a man outside a Sydney pizza shop in 2020  (pictured with Alexandra Ivkovic) 

Another assault charge was withdrawn.

Walker’s lawyer, Richard Pontello SC, asked for the court to take into account his client’s ‘background of significant childhood deprivation” when sentencing him.

He said the assault was committed while Walker was intoxicated.

‘Alcohol use is an attempt at emotional regulation and managing the distress caused by the childhood deprivation,’ he said.

Walker is undergoing counselling and has not drunk in public since the incident, he said.

The former South Sydney Rabbitoh was stood down in early 2019 as he fought the accusation he’d assaulted his fiancee, Alexandra Ivkovic, in December 2018.

In that incident, Ms Ivkovic called triple zero and accused the NRL player of pulling her hair and causing her to fall as she held a baby.

She recanted the story later that night, saying she’d overreacted.

Walker returned to the field after being found not guilty by a magistrate in May 2019.