Streaker will apply to dodge conviction

Court House-Sept-2013-07A 21-year-old student admitted running naked onto the pitch at a ICC World Cup cricket match, but is going to apply for a discharge without conviction.

On February 23, Fergus Alexander Watts streaked onto the pitch at the Hagley Oval, after witnesses said he was encouraged by his friends. He fled the park and was arrested in South Hagley Park.

Today in the Christchurch District Court he pleaded guilty to the charge of going without authority onto the playing surface at a major sporting event, under the Major Events Management Act. If convicted the penalty includes a fine of up to $5000 or imprisonment for up to three months.

Defence counsel Andrew McCormick asked Judge Alistair Garland not to enter a conviction for Watts as he was going to apply for a discharge without conviction.

Judge Garland remanded Watts to June 22 for that hearing.



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