Former All Black pleads guilty

2012-05-18 07:32

Sydney - Former All Black Stephen Bachop has changed his pleas to guilty on four charges relating to an incident on Rugby World Cup final night last year.

In Wellington District Court on Friday a charge of assaulting a female was reduced in seriousness and became a charge of simple assault.

Bachop, 46, pleaded guilty to the reduced charge and another assault charge relating to a man. He also pleaded guilty to resisting police and possessing cannabis. A charge of having utensils for using drugs was dropped.

Judge Susan Thomas did not enter convictions and it is expected that Bachop will ask to be discharged without conviction when he appears for sentencing later this month. He had originally pleaded not guilty.

In a statement issued afterwards he said he had learned a lot while facing up to the consequences of his actions.

He apologised for any embarrassment he had caused his family and fellow players.

"I have changed my pleas today in order to bring this matter to a close.

"Right from the day this happened mine and my partner Belle's focus has been on our children and what is best for them.

"The stress our whole family has been under awaiting the final outcome has been immense and we did not want to drag this out for any longer than was necessary."

He said they wanted to put the matter behind them and move forward positively.

No summary of facts was read to the court on Friday but it had been alleged earlier that Bachop had taken his partner's arm and pulled her towards a taxi to go home. A passerby was also involved in the incident.

The incident was caught on CCTV cameras outside Wellington central police station after a World Cup Final celebration.

Bachop had been commentating at the nearby Green Man pub during the game.

Bachop's name had originally been suppressed in relation to the charges but he did not ask for that to continue. He said identifying himself would prevent any negative impact on other former All Blacks.

Bachop played for New Zealand Colts when he was a teenager and for Western Samoa in the 1991 World Cup. He made his All Blacks debut in 1992 and played a further 17 matches for the team.

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  • Jason - 2012-05-18 07:42

    Oh how the mighty fall...............and disgrace themselves!!!! Puff Puff Pass Steve>>>>>>>Puff Puff Pass! remember sharing is caring!!!!!

      Raymond - 2012-05-18 08:18

      Hi Steve...........No, not yet.

      Francois - 2012-05-18 09:50

      "Whats the time Mr Wolf, whats the tiiiiime?"....... In case you wanna know it's Jake. Jake The Muss.

  • Heiku - 2012-05-18 07:53

    Geez you can't even smoke a damn joint in that god forsaken country without having a damn court case

      Heiku - 2012-05-18 08:49

      That being said, I do agree with it being illegal. Spar just cannot produce enough cheesebread to supply everyone should it be legalised.

      LaBlue - 2012-05-18 08:49

      That's good.

      Dave - 2012-05-18 09:02

      Do you mean the god forsaken country that has owned the Springboks for the last decade?

      Francois - 2012-05-18 09:27

      Dave, our own quota selection policies have owned the Springboks for the last decade.

      Master - 2012-05-18 11:03

      Hey Dave, what are you doing out of your camp? The other sheep are lost without you!

      Zion - 2012-05-18 12:51

      They do not need dagga to knock the shot out of "our" beloved team. They just go do it:

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-05-19 06:39

      Yes Dave, except off course for 2007 and thanks for admitting that Lawrence was part of the setup in 2011. He is from New Zealand?

  • Koos - 2012-05-18 08:10

    Wat is dit met eiland bewoners en dagga?

  • Pierre - 2012-05-18 08:55

    Is pulling your partner's arm to go home, assault?

      Heiku - 2012-05-18 09:16

      Nie in Pretoria nie Pierre. Moenie waarie.

  • Phillip - 2012-05-18 09:40

    When are Bryce Lawrence and Paddy O'Brien going to appear in court for World Cup fixing?

      Heiku - 2012-05-18 10:12

      Court se gat! 12 rounds with Piet Van Zyl is what they need.

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-18 11:00

      Don't forget Craig Joubert for match fixing in the final who handed the game to the Kiwi's. His name should be engraved on the trophy next to the Kiwi's.

      Dave - 2012-05-18 11:15

      So Blue Balls can you confirm for me what your excuse or losing the RWC is: 1. David Pocock for cheating (ie being better than SA) 2. The Wallabies for cheating (ie being better than SA) 3. Bryce Lawerence for reffing to the rules 4. Paddy O'Brien for...I forget what ranting you chumps go on about with him 4. The SA ref who made SA lose even though SA weren't even good enough to get to the semis. 5. The Aliens who landed and killed JFK - 2012-05-18 11:19

      When will Suzie and Wayne Barnes appear in court for the same assault? lol

      Dave - 2012-05-18 12:16

      Hey Darryl, WORLD CHAMPIONS you ignorant prick. Name the player that thinks it wasn't won fairly. NZ has been the best side in world rugby for the last 20 years and they were by far the best team at last years tournament. You are one sad sack of a poor loser. I suggest you start supporting a sport your country is better at chump.

      Zion - 2012-05-18 12:53

      They sure fixed us hey. And this is the longest cry the world has ever seen Sies tog man.

      Citroes - 2012-05-19 01:08

      Oh dear - you see that's the problem with New Zealand. There's buggarall to do with your time. You either do drugs, beat up your women or come and troll on South African websites. Shame Dave.

      Pierre - 2012-05-19 04:31

      Margo, Susie did not exist. It is bad that NZ rugby cannot accept a fair defeat. If there were really food poisoning, the natural thing would have been to report it and postpone the match. Since that did not happen, the only explanation is that the "food poisoning" was some lame excuse.

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      Richard - 2012-05-18 13:52

      It is not a sport's result site- so this article is more than relevant.

      Heiku - 2012-05-18 13:59

      I agree margo. This is a website on the internet and MUST thus have porn.

  • Flemjob - 2012-05-18 11:31

    Well atleast he didn't kill anyone.

  • Zion - 2012-05-18 12:49

    Does not say much for rugby but rather that the pro-dagga rokers will not get amnesty in NZ. and in the vein of the average commentater HA HA HA HA HA HA

      Heiku - 2012-05-18 14:00

      You are a below average commentator.

  • Paul - 2012-05-19 15:53

    @DAVE nz are........enuff said this is a family site

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