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CFL star running back Joffery Reynolds awaits his fate in court

Credits: JIM WELLS/QMI AGENCY

NADIA MOHARIB | QMI AGENCY

CALGARY — With final arguments from both sides in, former CFLer Joffrey Reynolds now awaits a judge’s verdict.

Accused of breaking into a former girlfriend’s swanky downtown Calgary condominium last July, Reynolds was charged with break-and-enter, assault causing bodily harm and assault.

In final arguments Wednesday, defence lawyer Randi Collins said the assault charges had not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt and that there was an explanation for the alleged break-in — that Reynolds “mistakingly and honestly believed” he was welcome at the home where he had been invited to spend the previous two nights.

But Crown prosecutor Hyatt Mograbee said Reynolds had “unfinished business,” with his ex-girlfriend, who QMI Agency is not naming, after a heated discussion at a bar a short time earlier which ended with her walking away.

It is alleged at that point he kicked her on the back of the leg and later broke into her condo, the woman shocked to find him there when she returned home in the early-morning hours.

Court heard earlier the couple’s six-year relationship ended in December — many months before the alleged incidents.

Mograbee in final arguments told court Reynolds was at “a low point” in his life and crossed the line.

“He has no job, no home, no money,” she told court.

Reynolds spent eight years as a running back for the Calgary Stampeders, holding the record as the team’s all-time rushing leader. He was released by the club in 2012.

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