The tackle which felled a streaker at Forsyth Barr
Stadium on Saturday night was ''totally unnecessary'', legal
expert Prof Mark Henaghan says.
The University of Otago dean of law told the Otago Daily
Times yesterday he believed there was ''no need'' for
security guard and New Zealand under-20 rugby team triallist
Brad Hemopo to tackle 28-year-old streaker Adam Holtslag, of
''He hit him from behind which is dangerous,'' he said.
''That's when you can get hurt.''
''You can use reasonable force to defend yourself or to
defend others but in this case I think it was totally
Mr Hemopo's tackle on Mr Holtslag, during the 62nd minute of
the All Blacks-England test match on Saturday, has since hit
headlines internationally and divided public opinion.
Prof Henaghan said the suggestion a security guard could
behave with more force than a non-uniformed person was wrong
and the fact the incident occurred on a rugby field did not
change the situation.
''It's not exempt just because you're on a rugby paddock.''
He did not believe the players were at risk and Mr Holtslag
appeared to have his hands up and was walking from the field.
Mr Holtslag's intoxication and nudity were also irrelevant,
''The law protects you whether you are behaving like an idiot
or not,'' he said.
The idea Mr Holtslag deserved on-field punishment for
streaking was also wrong as ''that's the court's job''.
Anyone could lay a complaint to police but they had ''total
discretion'' as to whether to prosecute, he said.
Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive Terry Davies
said he was comfortable with the force used to remove Mr
Holtslag from the field.
''I think the tackle was appropriate,'' he said.
''If he [Mr Holtslag] was in motion we wouldn't have even
been having this discussion.''
Mr Davies was confident Mr Hemopo was licensed and accredited
for the job and had acted according to his ''brief''.
''The reality is we have a responsibility to the players ...
safety is of paramount importance.''
New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said Mr Holtslag
put himself and the players ''at risk by his foolish
''We expect test match venues to take quick and decisive
action when there is anything that threatens the safe
operation of a match.''
When contacted yesterday, Mr Hemopo again said he was unable
to speak about Saturday's incident.
Attempts to contact the security contractor yesterday were
Mr Davies said DVML would review the ''deployment of staff''
to attempt to prevent streakers getting on the pitch.