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Ex-All Black, Stephen Bachop, convicted of assault

Former All Black Stephen Bachop has been convicted but avoided further penalty for assaulting his partner and a member of the public on the night of the Rugby World Cup final.

 
 

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Former All Black Stephen Bachop has been convicted but avoided further penalty for assaulting his partner and a member of the public on the night of the Rugby World Cup final.

The 46-year-old had earlier pleaded guilty to two charges of assault, one of resisting arrest and one of possession of cannabis.

At his sentencing on Thursday, Judge Susan Thomas discharged him without conviction on the cannabis charge but convicted him on the other three charges.

He would not face a further penalty, Judge Thomas said.

The court was told, after leaving a Wellington bar where they had watched the Rugby World Cup match, Bachop had grabbed his partner’s arm and marched her up street in the central city in the early hours of the morning.

Bachop pulled his partner by the hair, and when a man intervened he was pushed and told to go away.

A physical struggle ensued when police attempted to arrest Bachop, and a small amount of cannabis and a pipe were found on him.

Bachop’s lawyer, Val Nisbet, had sought a discharge without conviction on all four charges, which was opposed by police.

In a victim impact statement, Bachop’s partner said he was simply guiding her along the road and didn’t intend to pull her hair.

She was now pregnant and said they had learnt valuable lessons from the incident and their relationship was now stronger.

Bachop had since made a $500 donation to Women’s Refuge, written a letter of apology to the man and attended anti-violence counselling.

He also had plans to attend drug and alcohol counselling.

Bachop played five Tests for the All Blacks and 13 midweek games in 1990s. He also played 20 Tests for Samoa.

 
 

 
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