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Anna Leask reports

The man who invaded the pitch of last weekend’s All Blacks test at Eden Park – naked apart from his socks – has been convicted.

Jordan Wade, 23, appeared in the Auckland District Court this morning on charges of invading a pitch of a major sporting event and offensive behaviour.

He pleaded guilty to both charges….

His lawyer sought name suppression, saying if he was publicly identified his business would suffer.

Holmes quickly dismissed the request.

“He clearly put himself in the public arena in every sense of the word,” she said.

“And he chose to do that for no apparent reason.

“It seems to me that there are no grounds for name suppression.”

Police also opposed name suppression.

Holmes said the court had not been given an explanation for Wade’s offending, but gave him credit for pleading guilty at his first appearance.

She said the charges could have been considered for police diversion, but Wade had been down that track previously so it was not an option.

He has no other criminal convictions.

Holmes convicted Wade on the pitch invasion charge and fined him $400 and ordered him to pay court costs of $130.

On the second count he was convicted and discharged.

His lawyer told the court he was “remorseful”.

“He accepts it was sheer stupidity on his part,” she said.


photo: Brett Phibbs. via NZ Herald

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