Former volleyball prospect Philip Turia, pictured in 2014, is unlikely to be welcome in the United States after his role in a violent robbery in Palmerston North. A promising athlete with an American college volleyball dream in tatters fell in with the wrong crowd and drove the getaway vehicle for violent robbers. On Friday, the former national age-group representative faced the court, and not the volleyball kind. Turia told the court that upon returning to New Zealand his life went on a "downhill gradient" as the demise of his sports career began to sink in. "He was pleased when he knew you had been caught and he was safe," the judge told Turia.
Source: Stuff November 09, 2018 05:19 UTC