Pissy pants Packer put in prison

Australian judge the unflushable Greg Grogan (no jokes please) handed Russell Packers arse to him on a plate yesterday, handing down a fixed 2 year sentence for a brutal assault over an accusation of stealing two cigarettes, punching the man in the face then punching him several times on the ground after he hit his head on the ground before stomping on his head.


NATIONAL Rugby League player Russell Packer has been handed a two-year jail sentence for a “cowardly and deplorable” assault, in which he punched a man lying on the ground and stamped on his head.

The 24-year-old former Warriors forward and Newcastle Knights recruit appeared stunned as he was sentenced to time behind bars for the drunken assault on a man in Sydney’s CBD.

His lawyers said he would appeal against the severity of the sentence, but a magistrate refused to grant Packer bail in the meantime.

The Downing Centre Local Court was today told that Packer had been kicked out of the Chambers Hotel at 1.30am on November 23 last year because he was too drunk.

He moved about 20 metres from the Martin Place pub then got into a disagreement with another man.

The argument is said to have started when Packer was accused of stealing two cigarettes from a woman sitting nearby.

Magistrate Greg Grogan told the court that Packer punched the man in the face, causing him to fall and hit his head on the ground.

Packer punched the man several times as he lay on the ground and then stamped on his head, the court was told, leaving the victim with two fractured facial bones.

Packer pleaded guilty today to assault occasioning actually bodily harm and failing to leave a venue.

Mr Grogan labelled Packer’s behaviour “cowardly and deplorable” and said the result could have been much worse.

“The person fell to the ground and luckily it would appear did not suffer those injuries seen in media reports as of late,” Mr Grogan said.

“There was potential for that, Mr Packer.

“You added fuel to the fire by attacking a man lying motionless on the ground, punching him and then standing up and stomping on his head.”

Mr Grogan said that the public was sick and tired of the behaviour Packer showed that night.

Earlier in the case, Packer’s lawyer tried to distance the assault from those attracting the media’s spotlight.

“This is not a king-hit,” Murugan Thangaraj, SC, said.

In passing sentence, Mr Grogan said that with a 25 per cent discount for entering a guilty plea early, Packer was jailed for a fixed two-year term.

Mr Grogan accepted that the assault was not a king-hit, but said alcohol-related violence was a serious concern for the community.

Mr Thangaraj asked Mr Grogan to reopen the sentence and said he had absolutely no idea that jail time was being considered.

Two corrective services officers led Packer, who seemed confused, out of the courtroom as his legal team scrambled to the court registry to lodge an appeal.

The police prosecutor did not oppose bail under certain conditions including that Packer report to police three times a week and abstain from alcohol.

Mr Thangaraj argued there was no evidence Packer would assault again and it was important for him to continue his rehabilitation.

But Mr Grogan said he was concerned about community safety if Packer was released on bail.

He said Packer appeared to be a ticking time bomb on the night of the assault and he denied him bail.

Packer kissed his emotional partner as he was placed in handcuffs and led out of the court.

The appeal against the severity of the sentence has been lodged for February 11.

Packer made his NRL debut with the warriors in 2008 and went on to play 110 games for the Auckland-based club.

He was recruited by Newcastle, although the club last month refused to register his contract in the wake of the assault charges.


Unsurprisingly the violent pants pissing thug had his supporters and apologists though including former Warrior Pita Godinet, with someone creating a #FreePacker hashtag on twitter.


And lets not forget Mihingarangi Forbes from Maori Television, who was quick to start backpedalling, too bad she had to lie about what she said when it was still there for people to read:



Er, no you should read your own tweet again. You said “Feeling for Russell Packer….” ?There goes rule #1, and #3. ?In case you spent last year in a cave and are wondering why I call him pissy pants: