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Lima found guilty

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

WELLINGTON- Former Samoan and Auckland rugby player Brian Lima has been found guilty of assaulting his former wife in Samoa.

Lima, 42, faces up to seven years in jail for the most serious of the three charges he was found guilty of in Samoa's Supreme Court late last week.

He was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm, being armed with a dangerous weapon and using threatening words, the Samoa Observer reports.

In December last year, Lima got into a fight with his former wife Lemalu Retzlaff outside an Apia nightclub. He then threw a beer bottle at her friend and threatened to kill anyone who touched him, the court was told.

Lima will be sentenced on June 20.

After he was charged, Lima resigned as defence coach for the Western Samoa national team.

The hard-tackling former centre played 61 Tests for Manu Samoa between 1991 and 2007.

He is the only player to have appeared in five Rugby World Cups and has been inducted to the IRB Hall of Fame.

In the late 1990s he played for the Blues and Highlanders before going to play in Europe.

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