David Fifita’s attempt to celebrate the small details of his home state reveals the Queensland star’s family heartbreak
Maroons backrower David Fifita was the first-try scorer Ciao Tessina Fifita was jailed for the crime in 2019 sending a supportive message to his family after crossing the line
Queensland Origin star David Fifita was all smiles after scoring his first try on Wednesday night – but his celebration was also tinged with sadness.
Fifita, 23, pounced on a loose ball to crash home in the 11th minute at Sydney’s Acre Stadium and paid tribute to her father, COC Tesina Fifita, who was jailed between June and October 2021 for several alleged offences. year
His estranged wife previously said Fifita, 44, suffered from ‘significant mental and physical impairment’ at the time of his alleged offences, which included entering a house with intent and driving an unlicensed and unregistered vehicle.
He was refused bail in a Queensland court in January because of fears he could commit more crimes if released.
Maroons backrower Fifita showed off the words ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’ taped around his wrist as he celebrated his effort, making sure his embattled dad knows he’s in his thoughts.
Queensland Origin star David Fifita was all smiles after scoring his first try on Wednesday night – but his celebration (pictured above) was also tinged with sadness.
Fifita, 23, collapsed in the 11th minute at Sydney’s Acre Stadium and was quick to pay tribute to his father, COC Tesina Fifita, who remains in prison.
This is not the first prison term for Fifita’s father.
In November 2019, Fifita snr pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to 11 charges, including drug possession, forced entry and common assault between July 2018 and May 2019.
Most of the charges stemmed from a violent confrontation involving a man and a woman at a Brisbane address on January 7, 2019.
The court heard Fifita went home with three men to speak to a man after a series of attacks on his brother’s home and car.
Things get ugly when Fifita picks up a steel bar and physically threatens the woman as she yells at him to leave.
Police prosecutor Ben Michel then said the residents defended themselves by spraying Fifita in the face with degreaser and hitting him with a hammer.
David (pictured with his mother) showed support for his father, COC Tesina Fifita, who pleaded guilty to 11 charges in 2019 and was later jailed for 83 days.
COC Tesina Fifita told the court her actions cost her son (pictured with mother and grandmother) the chance to see his NRL debut with the Brisbane Broncos in 2018.
He told the court, ‘The accused then told the male victim ‘I’m going to shoot you’…it’s ugly and offensive.”
Fifita Sr. was charged with four counts of possession of number plates and tarnished items of jewelry and possession of 2.3 grams of methamphetamine.
‘It shows that he is clearly drug-affected and that may be affecting his behaviour,’ said Mr Michel.
Fifita was sentenced to 83 days in jail after the crime – and is likely to face court later this year for his latest alleged offence.