The foul-mouthed tirade that led to Coyne’s arrest
Former rugby league star Mark Coyne called a police officer a "f—ing stupid idiot", a "f—ing dickhead" and a "cock", according to a court document detailing his arrest for abusing a public servant in Singapore in the early hours of June 2.
The foul-mouthed tirade was directed at Sergeant Dominic Song Guo Quan of the Singapore Police Force, and happened both at the site of Coynes arrest in Singapores ritzy Orchard Road district and in transit to the nearest police station.
In addition to calling the officers "f—ing cocks" and "f—ing dogs", the Australian representative also threatened to "sue you through your f—ing arse" and told the officers that "if some f—ing stupid c— sues me, I dont care. Especially you".
He also told police "you guys are f—ing crazy", "you guys must be f—ing embarrassed" and "you must be so f—ing proud of yourselves".
The insults were delivered in English, according to the documents.
On Wednesday a Singapore court fined Coyne $4,000 over the incident. Under Singapores criminal code, theres a maximum fine of $5,000 and up to 12 months in prison for "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour towards or to a public servant".
Coyne, who is the most recent addition to the ARL commission, has been stood down indefinitely by the chair Peter Beattie over the incident. He can only be sacked by the commission or via a vote from the 16 NRL clubs.
The Herald understands that Coyne told Beattie that the police were called after he had an argument with a cab driver following a night out. Coyne was briefly held in a cell overnight and forced to surrender his passport, which was withheld for seven weeks while the matter was dealt with.
The former Queensland hero missed all three Origin matches while in Singapore.
It is understood Coyne reported the incident to the ARLC on Tuesday. As reported by the Herald on Wednesday evening, Coyne was finally set to return to Australia from Singapore after having his passport withheld for nearly seven weeks.
The Herald understands Coyne was apprehended under Section 6 of the Singapore Crimes Act following an argument with a cab driver outside Singapores Grand Hyatt hotel.
He had been unable to leave the island state, with his case held over by local authorities, but was finally flying out after negotiating a $4000 fine.
Coyne called Beattie on Tuesday afternoon and told him he had a matter going before the Singaporean court but he did not provide any details.
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