A witness has told a Sydney court the All Blacks twice turned down offers from hotel management to involve the police after finding a listening device in a meeting room chair.
The former general manager of the Intercontinental Hotel in Double Bay in Sydney, Paul Walters, gave evidence in the case of Adrian Gard this morning.
Mr Gard is accused of making a false statement to police by telling them he found a bug ahead of the Bledisloe Test in 2016.
Mr Walters said upon being told about the device by All Blacks manager Darren Shand on Monday August 15, he asked if they would like him to contact the police.
He says Mr Shand said no, citing concerns about the media. The hotel proceeded to launch an internal investigation.
Mr Walters says he again asked if the All Blacks would like them to call the police in a meeting on the Friday morning.
A picture of the bug allegedly found in a room at the Intercontinental Hotel in Double Bay in Sydney before a 2016 Bledisloe Test.
He says Mr Shand again said no, but that he was in conversation with his managers and would tell Mr Walters if that situation changed.
Mr Walters says he received a call from Mr Shand on the Saturday morning of the Test match.
"Mr Shand advised that the news of the bugging would hit the press in 15 minutes and they're happy to get the police involved now." He said.
The hotel's executive assistant manager, Anna Edie, also gave evidence to that affect.
Mr Shand gave evidence yesterday that he did not recall any discussion about the involvement of police early in the week.
Mr Shand told the court his first recollection of becoming aware it may be a criminal offence was on the Friday, and he told Mr Walters to call the police on Saturday morning.
The hearing was set down for two days, but now looks likely to extend into next week, when the All Blacks are in Sydney in preparation for this year's Bledisloe test.
Mr Gard has pled not guilty to the charges.
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