All Black icon gets suspended prison sentence
NEWS: All Black Carl Hayman was handed a four-month suspended prison sentence for domestic violence.
The former Toulon star admitted to “a problem with alcohol” at the end of his playing career.
The 39-year-old was charged with several counts of violence against his wife between 2016 and 2018, including “a powerful slap” necessitating three days off work.
The verdict was handed down by a criminal court in Pau, where Hayman was forwards coach until his sacking by the Top 14 side in January after an altercation with members of his squad.
The 45-time All Black had been in charge of the Top 14 side’s forwards since 2016 after winning the French title and three European Cups as a player with Toulon.
As well as physical violence Hayman was charged with psychological damage, nuisance calls and insults.
“It’s inexcusable,” Hayman said. “I had a problem with alcohol at the end of my professional playing career.”
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, separated from his wife, has spent the last few months dedicating himself to raising money for charity. He is planning to return to New Zealand.
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