Drink-driving ex-NRL player spared jail

By Luke Costin
Former Brisbane Broncos player Jamil Hopoate has been spared a jail term. (AAP)

Former Brisbane Broncos player Jamil Hopoate has been spared jail for intimidation and common assault offences.

The son of Manly winger John Hopoate was arrested in December 2020 in Port Macquarie after allegations of an assault.

He was later charged with three counts of common assault, two of stalking or intimidation with intent to cause fear of physical harm, mid-range drink driving and driving on a suspended licence.

Sydney magistrate Jennifer Atkinson took into account his pleas of guilty when sentencing him on Friday to a 12-month intensive correction order for the assault and intimidation offences,

It requires the 26-year-old to remain of good behaviour, abstain from alcohol and perform 250 hours of community service.

He was also disqualified from driving for four months and fined $2100 for the driving offences. If he reapplies for his licence in the next five years, he will start with an interlock licence, mandating zero blood alcohol.

A two-year apprehended domestic violence order was also made to protect a woman and those with whom she has a domestic relationship.

Hopoate is the second-eldest son of former Manly winger John Hopoate.

A talented junior, Hopoate was sacked by both Parramatta and Manly before he could make his NRL debut for off-field issues.

He played 12 NRL matches in Brisbane's nightmare 2020 season, going unsigned before his December dramas.

He is currently on bail after being charged earlier this year with drug supply offences.

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