Former Cowboys player charged over alleged coward punch
A FORMER North Queensland Cowboys flyer's hopes of forging a path back to the NRL may be in tatters after he allegedly coward punched a man in the Cairns CBD and left him with a fractured skull.
The Cairns Post can reveal Northern Pride contracted winger Gideon Gela-Mosby has been charged after the investigations into the serious assault of two men last month.
Police will allege the 23-year-old approached two men on the corner of Lake and Shields streets about 2.30am on November 22 and punched a 20-year-old local man in the face without warning, causing him to fall to the ground, rendering him unconscious.
It is further alleged when his friend went to his aid, he was also punched in the face by the 23-year-old.
Security guards and street chaplains rendered first aid to the unconscious man until paramedics arrived
The 20-year-old, who is a long term rugby league and union player in Cairns, was flown to Townsville Hospital for treatment, and is understood to have only recently returned to Cairns.
The Pride have stood down Gela-Mosby from all club commitments immediately, and chairman Tony Williamson said the club would offer "appropriate assistance and support".
Both Gela-Mosby and the 20-year-old were involved in the Pride system in recent years and played in FNQ Rugby's A-grade competition in 2020, but police alleged the pair "had never met before and were known only by a mutual association".
The 20-year-old is talented dual-code outside back, but his sporting future is now on hold as he recovers from a fractured skull, which will keep him on the sidelines - and possibly out of work - for the next few months.
Gela-Mosby, who works as a teacher aide at Cairns West State School, was a former Queensland under-20s representative and was signed by the Cowboys in 2015.
The talented speedster played just 11 NRL games in three years at the Cowboys, with injury and suspension cruelling his time at Townsville with the club not renewing his contract in 2019.
He has played 38 games for the Pride since 2017.
In 2020, he lined up for Wanderers as the Green Machine made the FNQ Rugby grand final in their historic return to A-grade competition.
He was one of the first signings to be announced for the Pride's strong roster for 2021, and with his status as a key member of the side's backline was in position to prove why the Cowboys - or another suitor - should throw him a NRL lifeline.
In a statement provided to the Cairns Post, Williamson said the Pride were treating the matter "very seriously".
"We are extremely disappointed to have one of our players in this position," Williamson said.
"As a result of the serious nature of these charges, we have made the decision to stand him down from all club commitments immediately. We will review this position as the situation unfolds.
"We believe this is the most appropriate course of action giving respect to all involved, and in light of the impending court proceedings.
"This is a difficult situation and one we will work with relevant experts and authorities to navigate.
"The Northern Pride will not be making any further comment regarding the alleged conduct or the charge while Police Investigations are ongoing."
Gela-Mosby has been charged with two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm in a public place whilst adversely affected, and is scheduled to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on December 17.
Originally published as Former Cowboys player charged over alleged Cairns CBD coward punch