16 Aug 2017

Former All White admits sexual assault

6:33 am on 16 August 2017

The former All White Chris Killen has been spared jail after sexually assaulting a sleeping woman.

Chris Killen

Chris Killen Photo: Photosport

The 35 year old former Oldham Athletic and Celtic player, earlier admitted the offence.

Killen, who started his career with Manchester City as a trainee, represented his country in the 2010 World Cup after playing for Middlesbrough and Celtic.

Killen played 48 times for the All Whites between 2001 and 2013.

Killen, who lives in Cheshire, was given a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

A Manchester court heard the married father of two was in a "stupefied state" - following an eight hour drinking binge at nightclubs and a lap-dancing bar with a friend - when he got a taxi to the house in Bury which was rented out by a firm he has an interest in.

He let himself in through unlocked patio doors and went into the spare bedroom.

Killen then got into bed next to the woman - who was sleeping alongside her friend - when she became aware of a man next to her and "froze" before feeling a hand on her behind, the court heard.

When the friend was woken by her calling out, Killen removed his hand and sat up in bed.

The friend demanded to know who he was and what he was doing there.

Prosecutor Gary Woodhall told the court Killen claimed his name was "John" and that he had arrived at the house with "two girls". He then quickly left the room, only to return shortly after to ask for his shoes back, the court heard.

The New Zealand international admitted the offence shortly before he was due to go on trial in June after earlier pleading not guilty.