The appeal was heard in the New Zealand High Court in February, and Justice Davison released his decision late March – saying the public should know Guildford was behind the assault.
However, Guildford’s name couldn’t be published until now, to allow time for him to appeal the decision if he desired.
On Wednesday Guildford said he had chosen not to appeal again because he wanted to come clean and “take off his mask”.
“Through this whole thing I’ve tried to front up and take ownership of it, although it might not seem like it due to wanting name suppression.
“That’s because I was still hiding behind a lot of guilt and shame, but also still chasing the rugby dream. “Now in the job that I do love, I encourage other men to take their mask off, so evidently I’m taking mine off too.”
Guildford has been working as mental health support worker in Wairarapa in New Zealand for several months, most recently as a suicide prevention and post-vention co-ordinator.
Justice Davison said even if there was a lot of media publicity about the case, the inevitable embarrassment and sense of shame for Guildford “are no more than would be the usual consequences of publicity to other persons convicted of similar offending whose offending is reported in the media”.
The 32-year-old has apologised to his victim personally, and taken part in a reconciliation meeting through the Ministry of Justice’s restorative justice programme.
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