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Christmas in jail for ex-NRL player Watts

AAP logoAAP 27/11/2016 Ed Jackson

Former professional rugby league player Anthony Watts will spend Christmas behind bars after he was denied bail.

Watts, 30, made a brief appearance via video-link on Monday at Tweed Heads Local Court on several charges, including common assault and dangerous driving.

The former NRL player and ex-bikie is accused of assaulting an elderly man in the northern NSW town of Murwillumbah on Thursday.

Police allege Watts waved a gun and assaulted 73-year-old William Ernest Woodford outside a business before driving off.

Watts then allegedly failed to stop when his car was spotted on Tweed Valley Way about two hours after the alleged assault.

The former North Queensland and Sydney Roosters player was arrested after a short pursuit by police.

Watts' lawyer Andrew Moloney told the court he was yet to speak to his client and needed more time to take instructions.

Watts was refused bail and the matter has been adjourned until January 9.

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