Discharged without conviction for 4x assault

I wonder how the pakeha versus brown justice debate will treat this story.

Stuff: Wellington rugby player discharged without conviction

Wellington rugby player Losi Filipo was discharged without conviction following the assault of four people, including two women.

Police charged Filipo with assault with intent to injure, two counts of male assaults female, and injures with intent to injure following the incident.

However, Newshub said the judge opted to give Filipo a chance despite the charges demanding a starting point of at least one-and-a-half years’ imprisonment.

The Judge ruled Filipo should be able to fulfil his potential, saying  “I have to ask myself are the courts in the business of destroying people’s career prospects?”, Newshub reported.

This is not long after the much discussed case of a ‘rich white person’ who was convicted – see The Delegat sentence.

The Wellington Lions player is continuing to play for the Wellington Rugby Union after he was discharged without conviction over the assault of Greg Morgan and his three friends.

Morgan, 21, said the assault happened in October at about 3am on Wellington’s Wakefield St.

“We heard footsteps running up behind us and it was three guys looking for a fight. We repeatedly told them we didn’t want to fight and to just let us go to our car which was around the corner.

“And that’s when it started, I don’t remember much but I do remember being smashed on the ground and my head being stomped on.”

Morgan said he had a potential contract with Wellington Rugby, but following the assault he was told he could never play rugby again.

He was devastated to see the guy who took away his dream go without punishment.

“We had the same potential and it doesn’t feel right that I’m still dealing with migraines and fatigue, and he is enjoying playing rugby.”

“It’s still affecting my work and put a big dent in my builders apprenticeship.

“I feel he should have got some jail time because he’s a ticking time bomb and if he does it again he might kill someone.”

I presume this was a ‘first offence’ for Filipo that went before the Court.

But there was a white male who have Filipo a character reference – the mayor of Upper Hutt.

Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy wrote a character reference helping a promising rugby player to be discharged without conviction for a brutal assault.

Guppy declined to say who had asked him to write the reference for Filipo, but said he did not speak with the rugby player himself at any time.

I don’t know if the timing will help Guppy’s re-election chances.