All Blacks-England test streaker fined $500

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 10:58 03/07/2014
dam Holtslag is removed from the Dunedin stadium
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BUM'S RUSH: Adam Holtslag is removed from the Dunedin stadium's playing field during the All Blacks v England test.

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Crime has certainly not paid off for Forsyth Barr Stadium streaker Adam Steven Holtslag.

The 28-year-old Christchurch man has copped a $500 fine for his naked effort during the All Blacks rugby test against England on June 14.

That's all of the $500 bet he won with his streak on to the ground. The Justices of the Peace who heard his case at the Christchurch District Court today also imposed $130 of court costs.

When he was downed in a bone-crunching tackle on the field, and arrested at the sideline, he told police he had done it for the bet.

"It was well worth it."

He said outside the court today: "It wasn't worth it. I said that while I was still drunk."

The amount of media attention had been ridiculous, including harassing his grandparents, he said.

He suffered a broken rib from the tackle but he said he felt no ill-will towards the security guard who downed him.

"It's all over now," he said.

Prosecutor Sergeant Fiona Roberts said there had been 28,000 people, including many family groups, at the test match.

Holtslag had run on to the field during the game at 8.55pm.

The JPs checked Holtslag's record - described as his "past performance" - and asked whether he had done this kind of thing before.

"Nothing to this level," Holtslag replied.

Holtslag was told he had interrupted a good game of rugby, and his behaviour had been offensive and unacceptable to an awful lot of people.

Holtslag pleaded guilty to the charge of offensive behaviour.

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