Former Ireland rugby star Paddy Wallace charged with harassing estranged wife
Published 03/10/2016 | 10:19
Former Ireland rugby star Paddy Wallace has been charged with harassing his estranged wife Tina.
Paddy - capped 30 times for Ireland and who played 189 times for Ulster before his retirement - and beautician Tina split up earlier this year after 11 years of marriage.
The 37-year-old ex-Ulster favourite's case is to be reviewed at Belfast Magistrates' Court in 10 days time after a short hearing last Friday.
Wallace, who was excused from having to be in court on Friday, is accused of harassing Tina - the mother of his two children and who is a make-up artist for Game of Thrones - on dates between April 30 and May 6 this year.
He denies the charge, with his lawyer telling the court his client wants a date fixed for trial.
It also emerged that four witnesses will give evidence against Wallace, and one witness will act for the defence.
Wallace now holds a managerial role at a leading accountancy firm, having retired from playing for Ulster in 2014.
Back in March his Holywood, Co Down-based wife Tina (41) announced she had split from her husband. The break-up came as a shock to friends of the couple, who thought their relationship was "rock solid".
Less than a year before, the couple looked the picture of contentment while hosting a gala black-tie ball in Belfast in aid of the Paddy Wallace Fund for Autism.
Among the big names in attendance were golf superstar Rory McIlroy and Ulster, Irish and British Lions ace Tommy Bowe.
The Wallaces launched the autism initiative after their nine-year-old son Paddy Jack was diagnosed with the condition.
Both Wallace and Tina grew up in Belfast and started dating in 2003, before getting engaged the following year.
Wallace is understood to have moved out of their home and is now living in an apartment in north Down.
The alleged harassment against his ex-wife is alleged to have occurred just weeks after the break-up.
Former Campbell College pupil Wallace, who played centre, scored an international total of 53 points. He was part of the 2007 and 2011 Ireland World Cup squads and also played in the Six Nations.