Ex-Melbourne Demons footballer Daniel Hayes takes legal action against AFL and junior coach Mark Heaney Arnold Thomas & Becker has issued a writ in the Supreme Court of Victoria against the AFL and former Eastern Ranges’ assistant Mark Heaney this week. The writ alleges that our client, former Melbourne Demons footballer Daniel Hayes, was raped in Heaney’s home following a post-game barbecue once the other guests had left. The court documents allege that: “As a result of the abuse, [Daniel Hayes] self-medicated with drugs and alcohol. He has made three suicide attempts” and “but for the abuse, [Daniel Hayes] would have continued with the Melbourne Demons”. Read more about this story in the media. Contact us As a leading Australian Abuse firm, we have helped hundreds of brave abuse survivors obtain compensation for physical, psychological and sexual abuse in intuitional settings. Money can’t take the pain away, however, it can help achieve clarity and closure. We have extensive experience in obtaining ground-breaking multi-million dollar payments for our clients. Visit our Institutional Abuse page for more information or call us on 03 9034 8433.