James Ihaka

James Ihaka is a Herald reporter based in Hamilton.

Ex-All Black's sentencing delayed again

Keith Robinson. Photo / Steve Parker
Keith Robinson. Photo / Steve Parker

Former All Black Keith Robinson has had his sentencing for a drink driving charge stood down.

The 36-year-old farmer, who played 12 tests for the All Blacks up to 2007, appeared at the Hamilton District Court this morning having entered guilty pleas to drink-driving and one of driving with a suspended licence.

Robinson's lawyer Moana Dorset told the court she was under the impression Robinson would be considered for community detention with the possibility of electronic monitoring via an ankle bracelet.

But Judge Arthur Tompkins said he had had no such indication by the previous Judge, Glen Marshall, about his arrangements and said the starting sentence should be a term of imprisonment.

Following an adjournment, Judge Tompkins said the matter needed to go back before Judge Marshall.

He remanded Robinson on bail to reappear before the court on December 20.

Robinson was charged after he was caught driving with an excess blood alcohol reading on State Highway 26 on May 12 after police saw his vehicle cross the centre line.

He returned a reading of 115mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood when stopped by police. The legal limit is 80mg.

Robinson was also before the court to face a charge of driving with a suspended licence on May 27 after being stopped on Kurangahui Rd.

He entered guilty pleas to both charges in July.

Robinson last year admitted to a charge of injuring with intent to injure, over an attack on a 50-year-old man outside the Palace Hotel in Te Aroha during a pub crawl.

He was sentenced in January to 300 hours of community work and nine months of supervision, and was ordered to undertake an anger management course.

- NZ Herald

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