ALL BLACKS wing Zac Guildford will not be charged with assault following his drunken rampage in Rarotonga because nobody has laid a complaint, says Cook Islands Police acting commissioner Aka Matapo.
Police were called to Trader Jacks bar in Avarua after a drunk, naked and bloodied Guilford allegedly assaulted two patrons.
They also confirmed they were called to another incident involving the 23-year-old at 9pm.
“We won't be laying charges in relation to the two incidents that were reported to us,” says Matapo.
“Allegations of assault by an Australian tourist were never reported to us, we never had any complaints related to that particular matter.”
Prior to the Trader Jacks incident, police say a member of the public claimed Guildford and another man were having a fight in the middle of the road over missing scooter keys.
Both were taken back to the station, but Guildford wandered off when the driver was being questioned by police.
Moments later, another member of the public walked into the station and reported somebody running naked towards the direction of Trader Jacks.
Police tried to take Guildford to hospital to treat his cuts, but he struggled and tried to escape.
Guildford was let go after spending a night in a police cell.
“He was very remorseful, apologetic of his actions and he couldn't remember what had happened. He was warned, he was told what happened and why he was detained here at the police station, and by then the police realised that he was a member of the All Blacks,” says Matapo.
The New Zealand Rugby Union has said it will stand by Guildford.« Back to Archives
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