Former Wellington Rugby player Losi Filipo has been sentenced to nine months supervision on the condition that Filipo attends a drug and alcohol assessment programme and a Living Without Violence programme.
So… he got an out of jail nearly free card
Filipo was given the chance to withdraw his guilty plea after his discharge without conviction was overturned by the High Court last week after the judge determined the District Court had understated the seriousness of his offending and the consequences for the victims.
Filipo had last month admitted in court attacking four people in Wellington’s CBD in October 2015. But Judge Davidson said a conviction would unfairly impact on his pro rugby career.
The Solicitor General looked into the case and allowed police to challenge the sentence after a public outcry over Filipo being discharged, partly to save his rugby career.
Filipo’s contract with the Wellington Lions was mutually terminated following huge public pressure.
He was smart enough to plead guilty again. That will have been part of a behind-closed-door deal to tidy all this up and make it go away. Had he not, he would have spent some time inside.
His pro rugby career is pretty much ruined. Unfairly or not.
– Newstalk ZB, TVNZ 1