Assault earns rugby player community work sentence

Last updated 05:00 24/05/2014

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A promising young Southland rugby player has been sentenced for assault.

Jordan Patrick Stewart appeared before Judge Christina Cook in the Invercargill District Court yesterday after admitting two charges of assault and assault with intent to injure at Labour Weekend last year.

He was sentenced to 275 hours' community work, nine months' supervision and ordered to pay $500 emotional harm reparation to each of the three victims.

The judge said Stewart was at a first XV function in a wool shed when he asked a man if he wanted to have a fight before headbutting him. He also punched two other men, with one requiring five stitches above his eye.

The pre-sentence report described Stewart as being honest about his offending and assessed him as a low risk of reoffending, the judge said.

Stewart's lawyer, Kate McHugh, said he was a young man who showed extreme promise in his career and sport. He accepted full responsibility for the offending.

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- The Southland Times

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