Hertford Highlander

Dunedin Police investigating Lions player


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super Rugby on 30 May 2011 at 07:43
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Stuff.co.nz reports that Dunedin police are believed to be investigating an alleged sexual assault in the city involving a Lions rugby player.

The alleged incident took place in the hours after the touring South African team beat the Highlanders 26-22 in their Super Rugby match at Carisbrook on Saturday night.

Police are not talking about the allegation, apart from issuing a brief statement late this morning saying that there had been an “incident” early Sunday morning involving an 18-year-old female.

It is understood an 18-year-old University of Otago student has complained that she was sexually assaulted.

Friends of the girl at one of the University’s halls of residence say they have been warned not to talk to reporters about the incident.

Otago University communications manager Megan McPherson said the incident was a “police matter”.

It is understood police today requested video footage from a bar in central Dunedin.

When contacted this morning Lions Coach John Mitchell said he had no information. “This is the first we’ve heard of it.”


43 Comments

  • 😯

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.05.11 07:58:41 by wpw Reply
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  • Sho sho

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.05.11 08:01:09 by Ben Reply
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  • I hope the bugger gets kicked out the team if guilty.

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.05.11 08:07:09 by Mocho Reply

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  • It doesn’t sound good! 😯

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.05.11 08:09:07 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Ouch!! Let’s hope this isn’t true…..but if it is then the player should be harshly dealt with.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.05.11 08:18:38 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I seriously hope this is not a case of “you can take the Lion out of the bush, but you cannot get the bush out of the Lion”…or ‘brandewyn het nie brieke nie”… 😐

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.05.11 08:33:37 by Ice Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : Agreed, but if it is a case of a disgruntled Highlander supporter merely trying to get one back for her team’s loss to the Lions, I trust she will be named and shamed. Serious allegations. 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.05.11 08:36:27 by diablo Reply

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  • 🙁 Sad that this sort of thing exists in the world.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.05.11 08:37:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 😯

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.05.11 08:44:59 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Naughty Boy! 😯

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.05.11 08:45:32 by Megatron Reply

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  • Hmmm. My understanding was these guys were on a strict no alcohol early to bed regimen on tour. I see the Lions are now trying to get out of their partnership agreement with Robert Gumede and they are being shipped off to Soccer City against their wishes. Poor guys are staggering from one mishap to another.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.05.11 08:50:12 by Caratacus Reply

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  • @Caratacus (Comment 11) : I dont think they are trying to get out – its more a case of SARU (I think) declaring the contract invalid and against their policies…or that was my understaninding of it..

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.05.11 08:54:07 by Ice Reply
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  • Even in victory somehow they lose,let’s hope this isn’t true

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.05.11 08:54:44 by Poisy Reply
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  • Jean Deysel, Michael Rhodes and one other player has been cited following this weekends games.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.05.11 08:58:52 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • I will not comment until confirmed. No point in speculating about such serious allegations. As for the Gumede issue, I was given the communication that Gumede was trying to arm wrestle The Lions into the stadium… I.e. He has rights to the stadium and is acting on his own interest and wants to charge The Lions an absolute fortune for playing there / the stadium cannot be owned by GLRU unlike Ellis Park (no one correct me and call it Coke Park) – difficult relationship indeed… Money, money, money, money…

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.05.11 09:04:15 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 14) : The 3rd would be H’lander Siale Piutua.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.05.11 09:08:08 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @ ICE and Dark Destroyer – thanks for that. Always good to get the other side!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.05.11 09:09:50 by Caratacus Reply

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  • With a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work, SA can have 3 teams in the play-offs 😎

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.05.11 09:10:18 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • From sources on twitter . .

    RT @Lisa_Hack: WRT “Lions player investigated for sexual assault” allegations are unfounded as 2 rugby teams were staying at the same hotel

    Don’t know how much that means

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.05.11 09:18:21 by Mocho Reply

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  • a few years back England scrumhalf and another english player also had sexual assault charges against them, but if memory serves me correct, it was in Auckland.

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.05.11 09:31:23 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 20) :

    Topsy Ojo and Mike Brown, charges dropped, fined a 1000 Pounds

    ….. never played for England again ! 😳

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.05.11 09:38:59 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 21) :

    …… Danny care was lurking around the alledged incident as well!

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.05.11 09:39:58 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 21) : yip, i remember that… it was when england sent a second string side to tour NZ. eish, hope its not the same case with the lions this time round. 🙄

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.05.11 11:22:43 by VanWilder Reply

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  • Isn’t this something that you expect from the league players??? Are any of the Lions former league players?

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.05.11 11:47:30 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Mocho (Comment 3) :
    One would hope for a bit more than that as puunishment.

    I too will do as DD and reserve comment for now.

    I am having to fight hard to contain comments about fans feeling that the Lions screwing their team’s chances – sexual assault is after all a horrific crime.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.05.11 11:55:24 by Big Fish Reply
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  • So the Lions know nothing about it & no-one has been arrested or charged with anything. 🙄

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.05.11 12:01:52 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 22) : Why are the Highlanders changing to green jerseys?

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.05.11 12:02:50 by McLovin Reply

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  • This could make the Hurricanes favourites this weekend.

    I hope it`s just sensasionalism though.

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.05.11 12:36:49 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Tell you what is a crime, Sonny-boy’s next boxing opponent.

    Some morbidly obese gospel singer. 🙄

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.05.11 14:06:19 by McLovin Reply

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  • This is really bad for SA not good at all and if true then he must take all that comes to him like a man

    i truly hope it is not

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.05.11 15:34:12 by chaz Reply

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  • But then again there are always 2 sides to a story 😕

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.05.11 15:35:43 by chaz Reply

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  • @chaz (Comment 30) : Until someone is actually arrested & charged there’s nothing to worry about.

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.05.11 15:47:18 by McLovin Reply

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  • so was it Elton trying to find pie -shop ? 😆

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.05.11 15:51:06 by rekinek Reply
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  • The Dunedin police should really be investigating the Highlanders dirty play. Imagine the Bulls were caught on camera almost every week punching the opposition. 🙄 😉

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.05.11 16:44:23 by McLovin Reply

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  • Hmmmm
    Must everyone missbehave in NZ…lol

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.05.11 23:03:16 by Hmmm Reply

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  • POLICE UPDATE:

    Very little in the local paper today just a small article saying what we already knew.

    The statement read that the inquiry was in it’s infancy and that the Lions management were fully cooperating with inquries.

    Very hard to prove, I would very much doubt anything will come of it. 😕

  • Comment 36, posted at 31.05.11 06:44:07 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 36) : Thanks for the update HH.

  • Comment 37, posted at 31.05.11 07:16:49 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 37) : 😉

  • Comment 38, posted at 31.05.11 07:17:58 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Well we know it wasn’t Earl Rose…

  • Comment 39, posted at 31.05.11 09:12:19 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 39) : On the other hand, had Jody Rose been on the tour…

  • Comment 40, posted at 31.05.11 10:37:22 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 36) : Probably more important things in the local press, such as the riots going on and burning of Otago RU buildings in protest against the new jerseys. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 31.05.11 10:40:10 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 3: agree but does it stop at sth like this once blamed for sth you didn’t do goes with the name of the game it will always be in the back of all thoughts and that is not good

  • Comment 42, posted at 02.06.11 20:17:02 by chaz Reply

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  • when will we get an update

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.06.11 20:28:33 by chaz Reply

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