Sione Lauaki. Photo NZPA
Former All Black Sione Lauaki has pleaded not guilty to a
charge of wilful damage over an attack on a taxi in December.
Lauaki, 32, a former All Black loose forward, entered the
plea through a duty lawyer at Auckland District Court this
He was remanded on bail until his next appearance in
A police officer was suspended from duty after he was charged
Police allege Constable Takao Cocker, 31, and Lauaki
intentionally damaged a taxi about 3.30am at Greenwoods
Corner, Epsom on December 13.
Court documents revealed Lauaki allegedly damaged the
vehicle's CCTV camera and Cocker damaged a wing mirror.
Lauaki and Cocker were both remanded on bail after their
first court appearance last Wednesday.
Cocker is due to reappear again on February 4.
Auckland police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty said Cocker was
stood down from police duties on full pay just hours after
the alleged incident. As the matter was before the courts,
police could not comment further.