Rugby assault sentencing delayed

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Simon Chisholm (centre) is reluctant to leave the field after being knocked out in the second half of the premier-grade rugby match. Photo / Chris Callinan
Simon Chisholm (centre) is reluctant to leave the field after being knocked out in the second half of the premier-grade rugby match. Photo / Chris Callinan

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

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

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