NRL player Hopoate jailed for at least a year

Promising Manly NRL player Jamil Hopoate has been jailed for at least 12 months in a court in Australia today.

The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to assault charges after attacking two men outside the Ivanhoe Hotel at Manly on Sydney’s northern beaches in February this year.

Hopoate was caught on CCTV camera arguing with a security guard after being thrown out of the hotel.

In Downing Centre Local Court magistrate Jane Mottley said Hopoate had been drinking and his attacks on Alexander Christie and Timothy Blackett were unprovoked.

She said he kicked Alexander Christie while he was on the ground.

Hopoate’s minimum sentence for assaulting Alexander Christie is 12 months and his maximum is 18 months. He has also been put on a good behaviour bond for assaulting Timothy Blackett.

The Manly Sea Eagles issued a statement saying the club in conjunction with the NRL’s Integrity Unit are reviewing the matter before making any further comment.