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Sacked Cronulla rugby league hooker Tevita Latu, 24, has been sentenced to eight months' periodic detention for fracturing the nose of a 19-year-old woman during an altercation at a Cronulla service station last month.

Latu, whose daughter turns one on Saturday, looked shocked when he heard magistrate Ross Clugston deliver his verdict in Sutherland Local Court today when he appeared charged with assault causing actual bodily harm to Brooke Peninton.

Latu's barrister, Jim Barnett, had argued to the magistrate that if anything, Latu, who has no professional or work qualifications other than his career as a footballer, be given a good behaviour bond or fine as a first offender.

Mr Clugston said the assault charge carried a penalty max of $5500 or a two-year prison term.

The court heard that at 3:30pm on Monday, May 22, Latu had gone to a BP garage at Kingsway, Cronulla with some friends after attending a nightclub known as the 2230.

Miss Peninton had also been at the nightclub with a group of friends and had travelled to the service station.

Latu had been eating a bag of chips and was talking to a girlfriend of Miss Peninton who was sitting in a car, when Miss Penninton approached Latu and tried to engage him in a conversation.

A statement of police facts tendered to the court said when Latu ignored her she said to him: "Well I was just trying to introduce myself ... I am not a groupie.''

Latu continued to ignore her and threw a chip at Miss Peninton and then more chips into her friend's vehicle.

Miss Peninton had berated him for throwing chips into the vehicle, saying "you are just being a little shit''.

Mr Clugston said that according to the police evidence, Miss Peninton tried to remove the bag of chips from Latu's hands and in doing so, came into contact with his face.

Latu, who pleaded guilty to the charge and had the case brought forward to the court a week ahead of schedule, then punched her in the face causing her to fall onto her back and hit her head against a brick wall.

Mr Clugston said Miss Peninton lost two false fingernails and suffered a fractured nose as a result of the blow.

Mr Barnett said Latu had written a letter of apology to Miss Peninton and had suffered as a consequence the loss of his two-year contract with the Sharks and had been deregistered indefinitely from playing in the NRL.

Mr Barnett said Latu was unemployed and wished to return to New Zealand for his daughter's birthday this weekend and to be with his family.

Mr Barnett said Latu was also undergoing drug and alcohol counselling and seeing the club chaplain.

Mr Clugston described the assault as a "gross error'', adding "but nonetheless, the victim suffered a broken nose, which is a significant injury''.

He then ordered Latu to serve eight months periodic detention beginning June 21 at the Metropolitan Periodic Detention Centre at Silverwater.

He further ordered that he not be eligible for parole for six months and ordered Latu to pay $65 court costs.

Upon leaving the court, Latu's legal team said they were lodging an immediate appeal against the sentence.

Cronulla Sharks football manager Greg Pierce accompanied Latu to the court saying: "We are just here to give him some support, to lend him a hand''.

"I am not what sure what his deregistration means, whether he can play in NZ or England.

"He's a pretty placid bloke, he has got a daughter, he just wants to get it over with and be done.''
 

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Latu's lawyer could have done a better job to be honest.

But anyway, you cant really expect a guy to get any jail time for what he did, nor an excessive fine for a footballer who is on a proposed six figure salary, would have deterred him much. Secondly they would have thought about the fine imposed by the NRL as a key factor, and you can only punish someone to a limit.
 

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Mr Clugston said that according to the police evidence, Miss Peninton tried to remove the bag of chips from Latu's hands and in doing so, came into contact with his face.

she's punched him. because he ignored her, stupid cow.


Mr Clugston said Miss Peninton lost two false fingernails and suffered a fractured nose as a result of the blow.

Oh well there you go, there's the jail sentence right there, you can't go around punching peoples fake fingernails off their face *rolls eyes* , stupid cow.
 

Kiwi League_old

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2black2strong, I don't think she punched him; it would have said so if she had. What is stated / implied is they struggled over the bag of chips.

I think the false nails thing is a red herring...what isn't is the fact that he punched her full in the face hard enough to break her nose, & her head hit a brick wall. Therefore, it's lucky she didn't crack her skull open and die, otherwise Latu would be facing murder or manslaughter charges.

Where are the repeated "silly cow" comments coming from?
Your attitude towards women is a disgrace, and you seem to be condoning violence.
Then again, your avatar is of someone getting ready to punch, so why should I be surprised?
 

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I was angry when on the news they kept showing shots of him in a Warriors jersey and scoring tries and didn't mention that he was from the Crounlla Sharks.
 

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I think the Craig Cower situation is so much worse than this.
I knew a girl wh had been sexually assulted about four or five years ago it still affects her today, I have been assulted pretty i scared pretty badly but now it is gone I think I am totally over the ordeal ( I don't see my self as any great victim) she is not.
 

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2black2strong said:
Mr Clugston said that according to the police evidence, Miss Peninton tried to remove the bag of chips from Latu's hands and in doing so, came into contact with his face.

she's punched him. because he ignored her, stupid cow.


Mr Clugston said Miss Peninton lost two false fingernails and suffered a fractured nose as a result of the blow.

Oh well there you go, there's the jail sentence right there, you can't go around punching peoples fake fingernails off their face *rolls eyes* , stupid cow.

I agree. He may have broken her nose, but it hardly sounds like shes an innocent party in all this. Im not praising what he did, but she couldve just left it when he ignored her - most people would have I think. If someone doesnt want to talk to you, you dont keep at them.
And as a female, id rather be punched in the nose than sexually assaulted.
 

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Double standards, Punished twice, Over the top sentance, and many more old sayings could be used here. I think that there is still more to this than anyone is saying.

She accidently came in contact with his face !!!!!

What does that mean?

Oh sorry your honour the gun accidently appeared in my hand and accidently went off , accidenlty hitting the victim ! Come on get real.

She was pissed off that as a hottie he wanted nothing to do with her. So she provoke him ! Called him names and then cried foul when he reacted. There is too much of this these days with high profile players being bothered by shit stirring individuals. It does not state anywhere how much she had had to drink , yet she was at the same party. Now before you all start abusing me,

NO I DO NOT CONDONE HITTING A WOMAN !

But there is such a defence as provacation and also self defence ! Yes he sould have been censured , but not over done like it has.
 

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JonB said:
I think the Craig Cower situation is so much worse than this.
I knew a girl wh had been sexually assulted about four or five years ago it still affects her today, I have been assulted pretty i scared pretty badly but now it is gone I think I am totally over the ordeal ( I don't see my self as any great victim) she is not.

Ok this is much worse than someone groping someones tits. He fractured her nose for gods sake. How the hell is that not worse than what Gower did?

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She was pissed off that as a hottie he wanted nothing to do with her. So she provoke him ! Called him names and then cried foul when he reacted. There is too much of this these days with high profile players being bothered by shit stirring individuals. It does not state anywhere how much she had had to drink , yet she was at the same party. Now before you all start abusing me,

NO I DO NOT CONDONE HITTING A WOMAN !

But there is such a defence as provacation and also self defence ! Yes he sould have been censured , but not over done like it has.

Nah, don't agree with you one bit.

Latu threw chips at her. What a fvcking idiot. I too would slap him if I was a girl getting chips thrown at me for introducing myself. Geeze, Latu ain't even that much of a star. I wonder how many girls Brad Pitt and Matt Dillion have smashed in the face for introducing themselves. Pfft. He obviously has a big head.

Even if she did slap him - which it looked like she didn't from the report - then there is still no excuse to punch a girl so hard that you fracture her nose and cause her to fall over backwards and smack her head on a wall.

Thats fvcking crazy. You NEVER hit a girl. Period.
 

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Kiwi League said:
2black2strong, I don't think she punched him; it would have said so if she had. What is stated / implied is they struggled over the bag of chips.

I think the false nails thing is a red herring...what isn't is the fact that he punched her full in the face hard enough to break her nose, & her head hit a brick wall. Therefore, it's lucky she didn't crack her skull open and die, otherwise Latu would be facing murder or manslaughter charges.

Where are the repeated "silly cow" comments coming from?
Your attitude towards women is a disgrace, and you seem to be condoning violence.
Then again, your avatar is of someone getting ready to punch, so why should I be surprised?

nah mate, i don't condone violence against women, i'm just saying she has obviously provoked him and that's why she's a stupid cow. if he didn't punch her she is still a stupid cow. As an aquintance of Latu i feel for him, he's a good guy and just done something really stupid while drunk. Nowhere have i said what he did was right.

However i do condone violence against men and my avatar is the great Ray 'sugarfoot' Sefo, arguably New Zealands greatest solo sportsmen of the last decade. k1 maestro, and now ultimate fighter. in the top 5 celebrities list in Japan, his own country should pay him as much respect.
 

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