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Watts granted bail over 'wedding assault'

AAP logoAAP 22/08/2016

Former NRL star Anthony Watts has been granted bail after he allegedly assaulted a guest at a wedding on the Gold Coast.

Police accused the former Cowboys hooker, 29, of repeatedly kicking and kneeing the 28-year-old victim in the chest, abdomen and head at the Mudgeeraba nuptials on Friday night.

The alleged victim was the husband of the maid of honour and has returned to his Newcastle home following the altercation.

Watts' lawyer Campbell MacCallum told the Southport Magistrates Court on Monday his client had completed six weeks of a 16-week anger management program.

"He has, at his own behest taken up some fairly intensive counselling," Mr MacCallum said.

Watts had also left the wedding to ensure no further incidents occurred, Mr MaCCallum added.

Magistrate Kay Philipson granted Watts bail on several conditions, including that he have no contact with prosecution witnesses and live with his mother in Murwillumbah, NSW.

"In all the circumstances, I'm not satisfied that you're an unreasonable risk of committing further offences," she said.

Ms Philipson took into account a letter from Watts' uncle declaring that he now has full-time employment as a labourer.

She also noted he was in a new relationship.

Outside court, Mr MacCallum said Watts was getting his life back on track.

The wedding argument was sparked by jealousy over a woman, however there was also scope for a case of self-defence, he said.

"There's certainly some argument that occurred, it's unclear as to who threw the first punch," Mr MacCallum said.

"At this stage he says that if there was any assault, it wasn't unlawful.

"There may have been some justification."

He will reappear in the Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday.

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