BAIL REFUSED: Anthony ‘Chook’ Fowler has been charged with the armed robbery of a pub he used to work at.
BAIL REFUSED: Anthony ‘Chook’ Fowler has been charged with the armed robbery of a pub he used to work at. Rob Williams

"Chook" Fowler still fighting in the law courts

A FORMER NRL player has fronted court after being charged with breaching his bail on armed robbery charges.

Anthony "Chook" Fowler, 42, was arrested on Wednesday and appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to the charge.

The offence involved five text messages he sent his former partner between March 2 and April 1, 2016

The court heard Mr Fowler breached his Supreme Court bail after he sent his ex-wife offensive text messages - in which he referred to his ex-partner in derogatory terms.

He was fined $600 for breaching his bail and a conviction was recorded.

Fowler is currently on bail on serious assault, robbery with violence and deprivation of liberty charges relating to the alleged robbery of the Falvey's Cecil Hotel at Goodna on March 19, 2015.

Police allege two men held a staff member to gunpoint and demanded they open the safe before they fled with nearly $20,000 in cash.

Mr Fowler was charged several months later following a lengthy police investigation.

Mr Fowler was granted bail in the Brisbane Supreme Court in August, 2015 albeit under a host of strict conditions which included he not contact his ex-wife, who is a witness, except for custody arrangements.

Other conditions include he remain home between 9pm and 4.45am every day and that he report to police every weekday.

Mr Fowler is well-known for his rugby league career, which included stints with Brothers in Ipswich, as well as with the now defunct Gold Coast Seagulls in the NRL competition.

After retiring from rugby league he held the Queensland Heavyweight boxing title.
 


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