Ex-AB Keith Robinson banned from driving

HARRY PEARL
Last updated 14:24 20/12/2013
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IN COURT: Former All Black Keith Robinson has been indefinitely disqualified from driving and sentenced to community detention following a drink driving charge.

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Former All Black and Chiefs second-rower Keith Robinson has been indefinitely banned from driving and sentenced to community detention following a drink driving charge.

The 36-year-old farmer, who played 12 tests for the All Blacks, pleaded guilty in July to a charge of driving with an excess blood-alcohol level and driving while disqualified for the third subsequent time. 

Robinson appeared before Judge Marshall at Hamilton District Court today, where he was sentenced to three months community detention for each offence, and indefinitely disqualified from driving in relation to the excess blood alcohol charge.

The prosecution had sought to have Robinson's vehicle confiscated from him too, but Judge Marshall said it would have caused extreme hardship to his wife and family.

However, Judge Marshall admonished Robinson and said his offending had put his families prime source of income "in jeopardy".

Robinson was caught drink-driving on State Highway 26 on May 12 after police officers saw his vehicle cross the centre line.

A blood test returned a reading of 115 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. The legal limit is 80.

In January, Robinson was sentenced to 300 hours' community work and nine months' supervision after assaulting a Te Aroha bar patron late last year.

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