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Date set for Filipo case appeal

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/10/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Police are appealing Wellington rugby player Losi Filipo's discharge without conviction.</span> © Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images Police are appealing Wellington rugby player Losi Filipo's discharge without conviction. A date has been set for the High Court appeal of Wellington rugby player Losi Filipo's discharge without conviction for assault.

Filipo, 18, pleaded guilty to an early morning assault on four people, including two women, last October, when he was still at school.

He escaped conviction when he appeared in Wellington District Court in August, with Judge Bruce Davidson taking into account the impact on his rugby career.

Police will on October 26 ask the High Court for leave for an appeal of that sentence and, if that's granted, will make their case for an appeal on the same day.

A Crown Law Office spokesperson last month said the Solicitor-General reviewed the matter and approval was given to police to file the application.

The case came to light last month when the victims publicly questioned why Filipo's promising sporting future should have been a factor at sentencing.

The public and media backlash led to Filipo withdrawing from the Wellington squad, and to the winger and the union mutually agreeing to terminate his contract.

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