David Pocock avoids conviction over coalmine protest
SYDNEY (AP) — A New South Wales court ruled Wednesday that no conviction will be recorded against former Wallabies captain David Pocock for his role in a November protest against a coalmine in a state forest.
Pocock appeared in the Gunnedah Local Court facing three charges, including entering enclosed land without lawful excuse and hindering the working of mining equipment after chaining himself to a digger during the protest against the Maules Creek coalmine in the Leard State Forest.
After Pocock agreed to plead guilty to a single charge of hindering a workman in use of property, those charges were withdrawn and the remaining charge was dismissed without conviction.
The sentencing magistrate said a conviction would be “disastrous” for Pocock who has played 46 rugby tests for Australia.