Filipo maintains plea, sentenced to supervision

first_imgOtago Daily Times 3 November 2016Wellington rugby player Losi Filipo has avoided jail and been sentenced to nine months of supervision.Filipo this morning maintained his guilty plea for an assault on four people in Wellington.Justice Collins said Filipo stomping on the first victim’s head was “a chilling act of violence” and could easily have killed the victim.“The rights of the victims to see justice, the community to be protected, and the sentence to be a deterrent to similar acts must be paramount in the sentencing of serious acts of violence,” said director Bob McCoskrie.“But just as vital are measures to prevent repeat-offending. The requirements for counselling for alcohol and violence are part of that solution.“As a community, we are trying to say that violence is completely unacceptable – yet some of the sentences given by the courts are completely undermining that message. The previous offender-friendly sentence sent a dangerous message that we don’t value the protection of victims and the safety of the public in a case that involved significant violence towards both males and females.“The earlier judgment also communicated that punishments and consequences will be determined by who you are rather than what you did,” he said.“This is not about revenge as some will suggest. This is about an appropriate sentence which reflects the gravity of the crime, protects the public in the long-term, and communicates the revulsion that the public rightly has against these sorts of mindless acts – irrespective of who commits them.”READ MORE: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/filipo-maintains-plea-sentenced-supervisionKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Wenger unlikely to face push action

first_img Because the referee dealt with the matter as he saw it during the match, Press Association Sport understands the FA is unlikely to open a disciplinary case, unless the officials’ report highlights something extraordinary. The governing body are, however, expected to write to both clubs following the delayed kick-off by some 15 minutes after a flare was let off outside the entrance to the visiting end, which caused turnstiles to be closed so smoke could clear before allowing fans back into the corner of the Shed End. Arsenal lost the match 2-0, and suffered a first Premier League defeat of the season. The Gunners are eighth, but just four points behind second-placed Manchester City, although now nine adrift of leaders Chelsea. It is Arsenal’s second worst league start to a season under Wenger. However, centre-back Per Mertesacker – who was caught out of position as Diego Costa broke away for the late second goal – believes Arsenal can learn from the disappointments of Sunday to push on again after the international break. “We were much more competitive and we defended much better (than last season), so that is what we can take, but Chelsea were still better and we have to learn quickly,” he said. “At times we were good, but not good enough to score a goal. “Defensively we made two wrong decisions and we missed the final touch in the last third and the final ball – that was the difference. “We can take some positives out of this game but there’s still something to do. “We think so (we are in a better place than last season), but we have to prove it.” Arsenal had taken Galatasaray apart 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday night with a hat-trick from England forward Danny Welbeck, but did not really cause Chelsea’s resolute backline many problems. Midfielder Jack Wilshere took a heavy touch when played in on goal late in the first half as the ball ran through to the goalkeeper, on what he felt was just one of those days for the Gunners. Wilshere said on Arsenal Player: “We had periods of possession when it felt like we were on top and we had a few half-chances, but we didn’t create a clear-cut opportunity – maybe on another day we would score one of those half-chances and create a few more. “We had strong periods of possession against a strong defensive unit. “They play with magic, they brought (John Obi) Mikel on and they were obviously worried about our threat going forward. “I thought we controlled the game in the second half until the goal, and then once that goes in, we threw everyone forward. “It was obviously better than last year’s result (a 6-0 loss to Chelsea), but at the end of the day we still have the same outcome: no points and a disappointed team.” Press Association Wenger confronted Mourinho in the technical area just after a bad foul from Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez midway through the first half, the Frenchman afterwards accepting he gave the Chelsea boss a “little” push, which he defended. The managers had to be separated at the time by fourth official Jon Moss, before they were called over by referee Martin Atkinson, who gave them both a stern dressing down and warned any further transgressions would see them sent to the stands. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is unlikely to face any disciplinary action from the Football Association for pushing Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during a heated touchline bust-up in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. last_img read more

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