Police will today appeal rugby player Losi Filipo's discharge without conviction for assaulting four people, including two women, in Wellington last October.
The victims questioned the sentence last month, sparking a public outcry that resulted in the 18-year-old's contract with the Wellington Lions being mutually terminated.
The Solicitor General stepped in to review the case and approved a police application to appeal the sentence at the High Court in Wellington.
Judge Bruce Davidson discharged Filipo because a conviction would destroy his rugby career, as well as other mitigating factors such as his remorse, community support, willingness to undergo restorative justice, and the fact he was 17 at the time.
Court documents show the police appeal will question whether the judge gave too much weight to "the consequences of a conviction," and failed to properly assess the "gravity of the offence."