Police have concluded their investigation into the stabbing of Geelong’s Jack Steven. The Cat recruit was hospitalised after suffering a wound to the chest.
Police have concluded their investigation into the stabbing of Geelong’s Jack Steven. The Cat recruit was hospitalised after suffering a wound to the chest.

Police make call on footy star's stabbing case

No charges will be laid over the stabbing of AFL star Jack Steven.

The Herald Sun can reveal police have closed their investigation into the high-profile attack on the Geelong midfielder.

However the case could be reopened if new evidence emerges in the future.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said: "The police investigation stemming from 30-year-old Lorne man presenting at a Melbourne hospital with a non-life-threatening injury on 17 May, 2020, has been concluded."

"No charges have been laid in relation to the matter.

Steven in action for the Cats against the Bulldogs on the Gold Coast. Picture: Getty Images
Steven in action for the Cats against the Bulldogs on the Gold Coast. Picture: Getty Images

"Should further evidence come to light in the future there is scope for the investigation to be reviewed and reopened."

Steven refused to speak to investigators until almost a week after he was stabbed in the chest.

Rumours swirled over his silence and whether he was trying to protect his attacker.

The Herald Sun previously reported close associates of Steven, including his ex-partner Indiana Beresford, had been interviewed by detectives leading the probe.

Jack Steven and former partner Indiana Beresford at the Brownlow Medal in 2013. Picture: Darrian Taynor/AFL Media
Jack Steven and former partner Indiana Beresford at the Brownlow Medal in 2013. Picture: Darrian Taynor/AFL Media

The Herald Sun is not suggesting she stabbed Steven, simply that she has been interviewed over the incident.

Steven drove himself to Cabrini Hospital after being stabbed and was later transferred to Alfred Hospital where he underwent surgery.

The attack was investigated by the AFL, which finalised its inquiry in July.

In a statement, it said the AFL Integrity Department was satisfied with Steven's explanation of the incident and found there was no breach of AFL rules or COVID-19 protocols.

"While the matter is now closed, the welfare of Steven remains the priority for the AFL and the Geelong Football Club," it said.

aneeka.simonis@news.com.au

Originally published as Police make call on Steven stabbing case



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