Pomersbach has confessed to his crime: police

Deborshi Chaki & Diptosh Majumdar | Updated: May 21, 2012, 1:11 PM IST
Pomersbach has confessed to his crime: police

New Delhi: The Delhi police have claimed that the Royal Challengers Bangalore player, Luke Pomersbach, has confessed to his crime of molesting a woman, a US citizen of Indian origin, at a hotel in the capital recently. However, the player can deny that in the court as a statement made before the police is not admissible in courts.

Pomersbach, the Australia batsman, was detained in the capital on Friday on charges of molestation, following reports that he allegedly misbehaved with a woman and then beat up her husband.

Meanwhile, the police had identified another RCB player KP Appanna from the CCTV footage in connection with the molestation case involving his RCB team-mate Pomersbach. Appanna was identified as the one who returned with Luke to the victim's hotel room.

The 27-year-old has a history of transgressions. In August 2009 he was suspended by Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) when he avoided a jail sentence after admitting to assaulting a police officer who was trying to arrest him for drunken driving. Unhappy with Pomersbach's behaviour, earlier in 2009, he had been suspended and fined after failing to show up for a club match. The then Western Australia (WA) coach Tom Moody had said it was his last chance. Pomersbach escaped a jail sentence but was banned by WA until the end of the 2010-11 season.

In 2007, he and Shaun Marsh had also been suspended indefinitely after a late-night drinking session before a domestic match. In September 2011, he stepped down from all domestic cricket duties as he battled depression. He had joined RCB ahead of IPL 5 and expressed his pleasure at being able to return to cricket.

Pomersbach has played one Twenty20 for Australia, against New Zealand in Perth in December 2007.

First Published: May 21, 2012, 1:11 PM IST

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