One-time NRL star and serial offender Paul Carter has been spared jail after spitting in his ex-girlfriend’s face three times during an alcohol-fuelled attack.
When arrested days later following the incident last July at Coffs Harbour on the NSW north coast, Carter labelled police at the scene police ‘f****t fingers b***h’, ‘melon-headed c***’ and ‘devon-head b***h’.
Carter, the son of NRL premiership winner Steve Carter, appeared at Waverley Local Court on Wednesday to be sentenced for domestic violence-related common assault, contravening an AVO and resist or hinder police.
The 31-year-old had pleaded guilty to the charges last month.
The court had heard Carter and his former partner were in Coffs Harbour for a family christening last July when things went pear-shaped.
Paul Carter was sentenced after spitting in his ex-girlfriend’s face three times during an alcohol-fuelled episode at Coffs Harbour on the NSW north coast
The former Roosters hooker has been spared jail for the incident, which the magistrate described as an ‘absolutely disgusting act’
According to News Corp, the victim overheard Carter and his father Steve make a series of ‘derogatory comments’ about another relative’s ‘drinking habits’.
Carter’s ex-girlfriend confronted the one-time Sydney Roosters hooker, and a ‘verbal and physical altercation ensued’.
Court documents revealed Carter was ‘enraged’ and said words to the effect ‘you’re a f***ing slut/c***’ and spat in the victim’s face ‘approximately three times.’
He then caused bruising and discolouration of the skin after holding the victim’s hand with ‘significant force’, and pushed her head, causing more bruising and swelling.
The victim left the Coffs Harbour residence the next morning – with her and Carter’s child – before she reported the incident to police on August 1.
Officers took photos of her injuries, which ‘remained quite noticeable.’
On the same evening, police attended Carter’s Randwick home where his current partner answered the door. She allegedly told police they had separated months earlier.
Officers then heard Carter call out. He became aggressive once they told him he was under arrest.
When they attempted to handcuff him, one officer was injured.
Carter also had NRL stints with the Titans in 2014 and Rabbitohs (pictured) in 2015 and 2016
Carter joined the Roosters in 2017, where he played in the Anzac Day clash versus the Dragons (pictured, left, alongside star Luke Keary)
On Wednesday, Magistrate Ross Hudson noted Carter had been on bail for ‘some 16 months’ and had committed no offences since.
However, he did say that ‘spitting on someone is an absolutely disgusting act’.
The court heard that Carter now had a job in excavation and had a previous issue with alcohol.
‘I am of the view … there are good reasons … not to impose a custodial sentence,’ Mr Hudson said.
‘Also note … in terms of domestic violence … either in terms of emotionally, psychologically … physically in this case … will not be tolerated.’
Carter was convicted for each offence and placed on a 12-month community correction order for the charge of resist.
He was given a two-year community corrections order for the contravene as well as for the common assault where he must do 140 hours of community service.
Carter – who played 40 NRL games the Gold Coast Titans, South Sydney Rabbitohs and Roosters – has endured plenty of brushes with the law the past decade.
In late 2017, then-Roosters star Blake Ferguson was ‘devastated’ after an alleged hoax call to 000 – from Carter – saw police investigating whether the representative winger’s children had been given drugs.
In January 2018 Carter was placed on a two-year good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to supplying cocaine to ex-Sydney Roosters winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall at Sydney’s Ivy Nightclub.
It followed a night out in Sydney’s CBD in May of 2017.
The following year Carter denied he was the source leaking lewd sex tapes featuring then NRL enforcer Dylan Napa – and when on the books of the Titans in 2014, was sacked after two drink-driving charges in six months.