Latrell Mitchell and Jack Wighton arrested after ‘fight’ at Canberra nightclub
Latrell Mitchell and Jack Wighton have spent the night in the cells after being arrested over an alleged fight at a Canberra nightclub.
The matter is now under investigation by the NRL Integrity Unit and both will likely face court over the altercation. Both Mitchell and Wighton are set to play for the Indigenous All Stars next week in Rotorua, and had been given leave from camp to attend a party to celebrate Wighton’s 30th birthday.
According to reports in the Daily Telegraph, the pair, who are very close friends, were at a function in Queanbeyan before moving on to a nightclub in Canberra, where the incident occurred.
Raiders CEO Don Furner attended the police station in the morning to pick up Wighton, while Mitchell is en route back to Sydney.
Social media posts from both showed them partying together in good spirits, with other players – notably Raiders captain Elliott Whitehead – visible in the background.
Mitchell was charged with resisting arrest after police were called following a ‘fight’ that, according to the Telegraph, witness said was little more than play wrestling. He was later charged for fighting and affray.
Wighton avoided the resisting arrest charge but also copped charges for fighting and failing to leave the nightclub.
“About 3.45am today (Sunday, 5 February 2023), ACT Policing responded to reports of a disturbance near a nightclub on Bunda Street in the city,” said a police statement.
“Two men – a 30-year-old from Bywong, NSW and a 25-year-old man from Chifley, NSW – were arrested at the scene.
“The 30-year-old has been charged with fight in a public place and fail to comply with an exclusion direction, while the 25-year-old has been charged with fight in a public place, affray, and resist territory public official. They are expected to face the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.”