Former All Blacks sevens star charged for punching a woman

Zac Guildford was recently named as the man who was sentenced after punching an unsuspecting woman in the face. The former All Black who was won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games has been struggling with alcohol abuse and mental health problems.

“This was a savage blow delivered to an unsuspecting woman that caused significant injury,” Judge Robert Spear has been quoted in reports.

“You could well have been charged with a more serious offense than this.” Guildford apologized to the woman and paid her NZ$3,000 ($2,157.90) in reparation at a “restorative justice conference” last year.

Guildford was also a World Cup winner in 2011 playing on the wing for the legendary team. The former All Black was sentenced to two years of intensive supervision in January by a Hamilton court.

The 32 year old was denied a permanent name suppression as he wanted to keep his name anonymous. The winger pleaded guilty to punching a woman while sitting behind her in a car in Napier on Dec. 20, 2019 while he was intoxicated.The woman was left bleeding with facial bruises after the incident. “This was a savage blow delivered to an unsuspecting woman that caused significant injury,” Judge Robert Spear said during the case.

“You could well have been charged with a more serious offense than this.” Guildford apologized to the woman and paid her NZ$3,000 ($2,157.90) in reparation at a “restorative justice conference” last year.

The Commonwealth Games gold medalist was said to be struggling with alcohol and mental health problems through much of hi career. He was later on cut from the Australian Super Rugby side New South Wales Waraths in 2016 for “wellbeing reasons”.

“I’d like to apologize to the victim. I have done everything in my power to express my sincere apologies,” he said in other reports.

“I’m ashamed of what happened … it happened back in 2019 when I was going through a number of mental health and addiction challenges.”

He said it was “scary” to be outed. “It’s hard enough to deal with it in my own stress, but for the rest of New Zealand to know about it, too, also causes a lot of anxiety. But the one thing I’ve got to do is take ownership of this.”