Former Warrior on Rape Charges

tea-ropati.jpgFormer Auckland Warriors five eighth Tea Ropati is currently up on rape charges in New Zealand as his case was heard with a heavy media interest in Auckland today. Ropati’s name was previously supressed since the allegations arose after a late night incident in 2006.

Ropati was joined in court with his three brothers, one of his brothers John acted as junior defence council during the hearing. It’s alleged Ropati took advantage of a seriously drunk woman who was reportedly high on cocaine and heavily intoxicated.

Facing a total of 6 charges, 1 of rape and 5 of unlawful sexual connection; the woman’s allegations are supported by video footage shot of the two while in a back room of a nightclub. As the female drops into a virtually sleep-like state – Ropati is alleged to have taken advatage of her; with the female unable to block his actions. From there, Ropati is alleged to have escorted her to a car and driven her to a nearby secluded spot where soon after the woman awoke and realised the gravity of the situation.

Ropati’s League career spanned a decade; with time at the Newcastle Knights, St Helens and the Auckland Warriors. A talented player with high profile in New Zealand; Tea Ropati will attempt to clear his name as the hearing continues tomorrow.

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