The former footballer who is being tried over allegations he abused a minor has said he will not face jail time over his involvement in the case.
Judge Michael Hogan said the former player, now 32, had been charged with offences relating to child sex offences and sexual offences against children.
Mr Mathis, who was born in South Australia but has been living in England, was convicted of three charges relating to the abuse of a child in 2003 and is now awaiting sentencing.
Judge Hogan said he was not aware of any charges that would be laid against Mr Maths.
“It is difficult to believe the jury, considering the age of the victim, would consider that there is a prospect of conviction in this case,” he said.
Mr Mathis has been free on bail for about five years and has had a number of outstanding matters to resolve. “
There is no evidence to support the allegation that he is currently in contact with the complainant.”
Mr Mathis has been free on bail for about five years and has had a number of outstanding matters to resolve.
The defendant’s case will now be considered by the High Court on an application by the Crown.” “
In the interests of public safety, the court would consider imposing a sentence of imprisonment, subject to a recommendation of the Crown Prosecution Service.”
The defendant’s case will now be considered by the High Court on an application by the Crown.
“Mr Mathias had been remanded in custody until a date to be set for sentencing on the second day of the case in March.
“I wish to reassure you that I am confident of that outcome.” “
We would be delighted to hear that and I hope that will be granted in the near future,” he told the court.
“I wish to reassure you that I am confident of that outcome.”
Mr Hogan said a sentence would be imposed in due course and was “not likely to be an immediate deterrent”.
The judge said he would be sending out notices to those charged in relation to the offences.
Mr Weatherill said the defendant had not been charged for the offences against Mr Weathers, who is now 35.
Mr Justice Weatherill will be hearing the case at a time to be determined on Thursday, April 25.