Ex-AFL star admits breaching family VRO

A former AFL premiership player remains behind bars after pleading guilty to breaching a family violence restraining order.

Former AFL champion Daniel Kerr has pleaded guilty to breaching a family violence restraining order taken out by his ex-partner Michelle McAtackney.

Kerr, 37, faced Fremantle Magistrates Court on Friday via video link from Hakea prison.

Wearing prison greens, Kerr spoke only to confirm his name and plead guilty to breaching the restraining order between June and August last year.

His new lawyer Seamus Rafferty said there were discussions happening with prosecutors and it was “almost inevitable” that the charge of aggravated stalking would be downgraded to stalking.

The matter was adjourned until May 14, and Mr Rafferty did not comment to reporters as he left court.

Kerr was previously set to fight both charges, but on the day of the trial his lawyer Rhett Williamson said the former West Coast Eagles midfielder had requested a change of legal counsel.

Mr Rafferty was then hired.

Kerr played 220 games for West Coast and was runner-up for the Brownlow Medal twice.

He was part of the Eagles’ 2006 premiership-winning team and retired in 2013.

Kerr is the elder brother of Matildas soccer star Sam Kerr.

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