'Bailed' boxer to compete in Olympics

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

A 26-year-old boxer and medal favourite for the Athens Olympics has been allowed to leave Australia despite facing serious assault.

'Bailed' boxer to compete in Olympics
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Adelaide:

A 26-year-old boxer and medal favourite for the Athens Olympics has been allowed to leave Australia despite facing serious assault and break-in charges, court officials said today. Peter Wakefield is on Australia's Olympic team in the 48-kilogram division. His trial in the Adelaide District Court was scheduled to start this month, but was postponed until June of next year because of his Olympic selection. Wakefield is one of three men charged over a break-in at a home in suburban Adelaide in which another man was hit with a baseball bat and an iron bar. 'Not guilty' The three men have pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated serious criminal trespass and one count of assault causing bodily harm. The Adelaide Advertiser newspaper reported today that Wakefield's bail was varied to allow him to join the Olympic team. Wakefield, attending a pre-Olympic training camp near Paris, must report to police in Adelaide within 24 hours of his return.(AP)

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