Keith Robinson. Photo Getty
Former All Black hardman Keith Robinson bashed an older
man and pelted him with bottles after a boozy "man-cave tour"
Robinson has admitted a charge of injuring with intent to
injure for the attack which witnesses said left a man
unconscious and bleeding outside the Palace Hotel in Te
His lawyer Moana Dorset said Robinson was "really bummed" and
took full responsibility for the attack.
Robinson will reappear in the Hamilton District Court next
month for sentencing.
The attack happened after a group of around 50 men had been
on a "man-cave" tour of several properties around Te Aroha on
Facebook pictures on the Palace bar's website show the group
in a large bus, all dressed in black singlets, touring homes
where they played poker, threw kegs of beer around a lawn and
drank beer through a funnel, played drinking games and shot
guns before returning to the Palace Hotel.
The website described the outing as a "man cave tour".
After they returned to the Palace Hotel, Robinson, a 1.97m,
116kg former rugby player, became involved in a verbal
altercation with a much smaller, older man.
The man was said to be about 1.65m and about 50 years old.
A witness said Robinson pushed the man and punched him in the
face. Robinson is also accused of throwing full bottles at
the man, a Te Aroha local, as he tried to leave the bar.
Robinson appeared in the Hamilton District Court on December
20. He is due to reappear on January 29.
Dorset last night said: "He's sorry, he's really bummed about
what happened. If he could take it all back he would. He told
police he would plead guilty at the first opportunity and
that's what he did."
Yesterday, many Te Aroha residents closed ranks and refused
to talk about the incident involving the town's most famous
One said: "When [Robinson] isn't drinking and he's straight,
he's all good."
Two local men who knew Robinson from his involvement with the
local rugby team said: "Once he has had a couple of beers in
him he gets really competitive."
An acquaintance of the man who was attacked said that he had
suffered facial injuries, but was making a good recovery.
"He's a nice guy, he didn't deserve that."
Nobody was home at Robinson's 1.4ha lifestyle block just
outside Morrinsville yesterday. A neighbour said he had gone
fishing off the Coromandel. A real estate sign listed the
property as for sale.
The sign said the property included "a lockup shed that
includes a "games room/man cave".
The 36-year-old earned a reputation as a fearsome enforcer on
the rugby field, and played the last of his 12 tests in the
2007 Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat to France.
Robinson was also a member of the local pig hunting club.