Lauaki off the hook

Disgraced All Black Sione Lauaki will escape conviction for assaulting a man last month if he completes a police diversion programme.

Diversion is a programme to keep first-time offenders out of the court system. According to the Waikato Times, Lauaki is to go to the Hamilton Police Station to see a a diversion officer who would tell him what tasks he would be required to do to complete the scheme.

Community magistrate Pat Oettli told Lauaki that if he completed those tasks police would withdraw the charge and no further action would be taken.

Luaki’s departure from court was monitored by more than a dozen media representatives. Some were elbowed away by Chiefs assistant manager Farrell Temata, who told them to “piss off”.