The naked truth - the streaker gives Jonny Wilkinson some
advice. Photo by Linda Robertson
Despite the introduction of a tough new law to penalise
streakers at the Rugby World Cup, the first streaker of the
2011 tournament has been granted police diversion.
The 23-year-old man, from Dunedin, who was viewed by a
television audience of millions running naked on to the field
during the England v Argentina game at Otago Stadium on
Saturday, was charged under the Major Events Management Act.
The Act says any unauthorised entry on to a pitch can result
in a jail sentence of up to three months, or a fine up of to
Before the start of the RWC 2011, tournament organisers and
police warned that anyone running on to the field would feel
the full weight of the new legislation.
However, Dunedin police area commander Inspector Dave
Campbell said yesterday police were still obliged to consider
diversion when certain criteria were met.
In some situations, there was a provision for police to apply
to refuse diversion to people arrested during a particular
event. That had been approved, for example, during the Undie
500, when police expected significant disorder or
But police did not expect this during the RWC so had not used
that provision, Insp Campbell said.
Therefore, anyone who was arrested during the RWC was
eligible for consideration for diversion if they were a
first-time offender, admitted their offending, showed remorse
and agreed to make reparation to the victim or community.
This case had obviously met those criteria, he said.
The condition of the man's diversion was that he make a
donation to a charity. Insp Campbell declined to reveal the
amount required, although it is believed to be about $500.
Once the conditions of a diversion are fulfilled, police seek
the withdrawal of the charge the person faces.
Insp Campbell did not know if the donation had been paid.
The man, who has been granted interim name suppression until
the diversion is completed, declined yesterday to comment
about the incident.
A decision on whether he will be banned from attending future
RWC matches is up to Rugby World Cup 2011. Attempts to
contact a RWC spokesman last night were unsuccessful.