Former All Black great convicted of domestic violence
The 39-year-old was handed a four-month suspended prison sentence for domestic violence, according to the L’Equipe newspaper.
He was charged with several counts of violence against his wife between 2016 and 2018, including “a powerful slap” that required her to spend three days off work.
As well as physical violence Hayman was charged with psychological damage, nuisance calls and insults.
“It’s inexcusable,” Hayman reportedly told the Criminal Court at Pau.
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Hayman admitted to having a serious alcohol problem at the end of his career, French media reported.
His lawyer, Christophe Arcaute, told the court: “He knows that he committed the irreparable.
“To recognise that he’s an alcoholic, to admit his weaknesses in this particular environment, that doesn’t happen.
“He is aware that the facts are serious. He is teetotal now.”
Hayman has separated from his wife, former TVNZ reporter Natalie Crook.
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