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Jorge Taufua avoids jail after spitting on cop

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  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Manly Sea Eagles star Jorge Taufua avoids jail after spitting on cop


    http://m.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/manly-sea-eagles-star-jorge-taufua-avoids-jail-after-spitting-on-cop/story-e6frg6nf-1226710522665

    MANLY NRL player Jorge Taufua will be free to play in this month's finals after narrowly avoiding jail for spitting on a police officer on the Gold Coast.
    Taufua, 21, was given a four-month jail sentence, wholly suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to spitting on the officer outside a Surfers Paradise nightclub on October 19 last year.
    The Sea Eagles star only spoke to say "yes'' three times as he entered his plea at Southport Magistrates Court today.
    It was revealed Taufua had been celebrating his 21st birthday with family and friends when he was kicked out of the Shooters nightclub.
    He returned to the nightclub shortly afterwards in what he claimed was an attempt to apologise to security staff.
    As he was escorted from the club by police, Taufua turned his head and spat on the chest and head of one of the officers.

    The court was told the officer had to have spittle washed out of his eyes at Pindara Private Hospital and then waited six months before being cleared of having contracted any communicable disease.
    Taufua was ordered to pay $2500 to the officer in compensation.
    Manly general manager David Perry, who travelled from Sydney with Taufua and his lawyers, said his player's decision to alter his plea to guilty had not been a deliberate ploy to clear him for finals football.
    "It's a fair hearing and Jorge has learnt his lesson,'' Perry told reporters outside court.
    "I think Jorge, with his profile, can assist other players steer away from these types of issues.''
    Perry, Manly coach Geoff Toovey and NRL education officer Nigel Vagana had all provided references for Taufua to the court, while a written apology was sent to the officer last week.
    Taufua is ineligible for Manly's last regular season match this weekend as he serves the final game of a two-match ban imposed by the club and the NRL for his actions.
     
  2. globaleagle

    globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    $2500!

    Told ya qld cops weren't worth spitting on!

    el oh el

    #probablyinappropriate
     
  3. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Assuming he had no prior record, 4 months jail, even suspended, is over the top for that offence. A good behaviour bond should have been sufficient.
     
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  4. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    A disgusting act, and let's hope it is never repeated.
    Everyone has done something stupid - especially at a 21st birthday party.
    He deserves a second chance. It's a blip on his record that will be quickly forgotten if he's learnt his lesson.
     
  5. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    Jorge better be on his best behaviour for the next couple of years. I wouldn't spit on a Qld cop if he was on fire. They over exaggerate everything. But that's most cops I guess.
     
  6. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    Pity pat oshane wasn't the magistrate.
     
  7. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Golly!
     
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  8. Brookie Benn

    Brookie Benn New Member

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    4 months for spitting is ridiculous considering what paeds and rapists etc get, however, the Eagles don't need to give ammunition to the detractor's. I love the fact that we have a squad made up of guys like K.F. who we will never have to hang our heads in embarrassment reading about his off-field exploits. Hope Horhay has learnt his lesson..:angel:
     
  9. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Clearly the Queensland judicial system has the same Manly loading as the NRL judiciary. If it was a Bronco they would have got a slap on the wrist!!
     
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  10. Peter C

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    Are they sure that Jorge was the spitter, do they know which direction the spit came from?.
     
  11. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Take a Manly player out of it and would you be happy?

    Cops have a tough enough job without people spitting at them
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    In fact if it was a dogs player i could imagine what you lot would be saying
     
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  12. Stevo

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    It's a tough sentence and that's good but hardly in line with punishments for more serious offences.
     
  13. Rodo

    Rodo Goldmember 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    This is a wake up call for Jorge. Hopefully he's learnt his lesson and won't do anything stupid like this again.
     
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  14. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    That means that he now has a criminal record for life - end of UK WC Tour :cool:
    The 2 year conditional suspension of the jail time should keep Jorge on the straight and narrow.

    Wonder how Wolfie's affray case is proceeding :s
     
  15. God

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    4 months jail for that is insane (suspended or not) 2 weeks maybe a month but 4 months, you get less for murder in qld.
     
  16. tugga8

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    He should of used the Shane Dunley defence. He would of got off.:D
     
  17. voicefromthehill

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    Agree, the punishment is spit harsh
     
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  18. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    If he had have done that on the cop I think he'd be looking at an even harsher sentence tugga...
     
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  19. 1969

    1969 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, a bit harsh, but it was a cop, showing total disrespect. You just can't do that stuff, feel sorry for Jorge, but if he was a Dog or Eel, I would call him a grub.
     
  20. the mauler

    the mauler Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    What did you want him to get??? Life??
     

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