Just over a month after Losi Filipo escaped punishment for a brutal late night assault that drew more attention on an entitled Kiwi rugby culture, the Wellington teenager has received new sentence.
Filipo, a winger for the Wellington provincial rugby team, was discharged without conviction earlier this year after a group attack on four people, including two women, in the Wellington CBD last October. It is understood Filipo stomped on the head of one victim.
The 19-year-old was initially dismissed from court, with the judge calling a conviction a "significant barrier to a professional sporting career."
News of Filipo's escape from charges broke in late September, prompting many to say that rugby players live a charmed life in New Zealand. At the time, Wellington Rugby cut Filipo's playing contract.
Yesterday, the initial decision was changed in Wellington - with Filipo receiving a new sentence of nine months of supervision. Justice David Collins also included conditions for Filipo, who kept his earlier guilty plea, to attend a drug and alcohol assessment program.
Collins described the group attack as a "chilling act of violence" - but said the new sentence was fair given Filipo's age, lack of criminal history and initial steps taken to change his behaviour.
Since his first appearance in court, Filipo has been volunteering as a teacher's aid and doing community work; even raising $1000 for charity by cleaning cars.
Date of Birth
1998 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Three Strikes Status
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|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|02-11-2016||Sentencing||High Court Wellington||Injuring with reckless disregard||11-10-2015||9 Months, Supervision||▼|