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Luaki trashed Auckland motel room before being arrested



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Yet another All Black is reported to be in trouble with law for damaging private property and this time it’s Sione Lauaki who has appeared in court after going on the rampage in an Auckland motel.

Lauaki appeared in court charged with trashing property at an Auckland motel early on New Year’s Day, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported.

He appeared at the Auckland District Court on New Year’s Day, charged with intentionally damaging three windows and a television at the Greenlane Motor Inn, opposite Auckland’s Ellerslie Racecourse.

Lauaki and a female companion who is believed to be his girlfriend arrived at the motel at 5.50am (03.30 AEDT) and paid for a ground-floor unit.

A short while later staff heard raised voices and the sounds of windows being smashed. After being in the room for just minutes the motel owner called police and the couple was taken away in separate vehicles to the police station.

Lauaki is thought to have lost his temper when his girlfriend said that she wanted to leave him.

Since that time Lauaki paid the $NZ700 ($A585) repair bill for damages to the room.

His lawyer had applied for diversion, but it was unlikely to be granted if he admitted a second offence.

In February 2006, Lauaki was offered police diversion after admitting assaulting a security officer in the North Island city of Hamilton.

The 27-year-old Chiefs loose forward, who made his international debut in 2005, is at least the 11th All Black to appear in criminal court in the past five years.

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