Sentencing adjourned for rugby game assault

By Sandra Conchie

Sentencing for a Te Puna rugby player who knocked out former Steamers player Simon Chisholm during a premier rugby game with a blind-side punch has been adjourned until next month.

Farmhand Uenuku Pieta, 22, was due to be sentenced in the Tauranga District Court today after earlier pleading guilty to a charge of assault with intent to injure in October.

But due to Judge Louis Bidois being unavailable sentencing will now take place on March 19.

Peita has admitted knocking Mr Chisholm - a Te Puke Sports hooker - unconscious during a premier grade rugby match against Te Puna in July last year.

Mr Chisholm spent two days in Tauranga Hospital due to bruising on his brain following the assault.


- Bay of Plenty Times

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter


© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf03 at 01 May 2017 19:10:42 Processing Time: 277ms