Former rugby player jailed over drugs
A former Heartland rugby player convicted of drug offences has been led off to jail by an old team-mate.
Nathan Hemi Rolls was jailed for 14 months yesterday on charges of cultivating and possessing cannabis, as well as wilful damage.
The former Wairarapa Bush loose forward also admitted six breaches of a previous sentence of community detention, including playing club rugby while wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.
Yesterday the 32-year-old was led away from Masterton District Court by former Wairarapa Bush team-mate Nathan Riwai-Couch, a Masterton police constable.
The court had heard that Rolls had been sentenced earlier this year to community detention and community work for assault and breach of a protection order.
But just days later police discovered two cannabis plants growing at his house.
Over the coming months Rolls also breached his curfew six times, including leaving home to play for Masterton rugby club Pioneer.
Lawyer Virginia Pearson said most of the breaches were brief, and one was the result of visiting his children in Taranaki.
Judge Michael Behrens dismissed a suggestion that Rolls had pleaded guilty in order to put the offending behind him, saying Rolls knew the "game was up".
He ordered Rolls to undergo drug counselling on his release from prison.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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