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Losi Filipo's discharge without conviction set aside

Radio New Zealand Radio New Zealand 27/10/2016
Losi Filipo © Getty Images Losi Filipo

An appeal against the discharge without conviction of former Wellington rugby representative Losi Filipo on charges of assault has been allowed by the High Court.

The discharge was granted by Judge Bruce Davidson in the Wellington District Court in August on charges of assaulting four people, after Mr Filipo's lawyer argued a conviction could damage his client's rugby career.

The case had not come to public attention until the details were aired in the media last month, at which stage Solicitor-General Una Jagose became aware of it and gave Police permission to appeal against the discharge without conviction.

In a judgement released this afternoon, Justice Collins said the discharge without conviction should be set aside pending the appeal.

Justice Collins said Mr Filipo pleaded guilty after being given an indication he would be discharged without conviction, and he should be given the opportunity to change his guilty plea if he wished. If he did so, the case would be sent back to the District Court for trial.

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