Assault on woman admitted
An Otorohanga and former backup Waikato rugby player has faced the court on an assault charge ahead of playing in his team's vital semifinal this weekend.
Ted Tutpoar Tauroa, 30, spent a night in custody this week after being arrested on two new charges - breaching a protection order and assaulting a female after an incident in Otorohanga on July 13.
Tauroa pleaded guilty to a total of four charges in the Hamilton District Court earlier this week, which also included failing to answer district court bail on July 8 and an earlier charge of breaching a protection order.
He has been convicted and was yesterday bailed to appear for sentencing today.
Tauroa's club team, top of the table Otorohanga, has a must-win home semifinal against fourth-placed Hamilton Old Boys tomorrow. The match will be a repeat of last year's semifinal which Otorohanga won before going on to take the Waikato Breweries Shield in the premier A division. Tauroa has also played a total of 19 games for Waikato since 2005 as backup prop. He also played several games for Bay of Plenty.
However, officials from Tauroa's club didn't know about his offending.
When contacted, Otorohanga Rugby Club president Paul McConnell was unaware of Tauroa's charges or that he had appeared in court.
McConnell said the club had nothing to do with getting Tauroa's sentencing completed in time for tomorrow's semifinal. He was also reluctant to comment about the nature of the charges, saying the matter was of a personal nature to Tauroa.
He hoped Tauroa's appearance in court wouldn't detract from the club's big game tomorrow.