Sam Burgess enters a plea of guilty to drug driving charges in court.
Sam Burgess, a former NRL player, has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by cocaine.
- Sam Burgess, a former NRL player, has pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of an illicit substance.
- Burgess, 32, failed a roadside drug test in February in the New South Wales Southern Highlands.
- He has also pleaded guilty to driving an unregistered vehicle without a valid license in Moss Vale Local Court.
Burgess, 32, was arrested in February after failing a roadside drug screening in Braemar, near Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands.
Additionally, he was charged with driving an unregistered BMW X5 while not possessing a valid NSW driver's license.
Burgess was acquitted but sentenced to pay a $1,162 fine.
The former Rabbitohs player was put on a nine-month good behavior bond and ordered to complete a traffic offender program.
Burgess's counsel, Bryan Wrench, pleaded with Magistrate Mark Douglass to be lenient in sentencing his client on Tuesday, "given what he's been through."
Mr Wrench claimed that the offenses occurred in the aftermath of Burgess' "wrongful arrest" for allegedly intimidating his ex-father-in-law, Mitch Hooke.
"He's also had some clean urine and hair samples since...and attended a residential program," Mr Wrench added.
"There is no suggestion of aggravating factors whatsoever, no speeding, no swerving."
There are no signs of alcohol or some other illicit drug overdose. Trace elements exist."
Magistrate Douglass said during his sentencing that he was pleased Burgess demonstrated remorse.
"He has spoken with counsellors and is now undergoing a rather stringent regime regarding drug abstinence. "
Sam Burgess prior to the offense on the 22nd of the second is not the same person as Sam Burgess afterwards.
Burgess was found guilty earlier this month of threatening Mr Hooke during a heated argument about his children.
The pair provided conflicting accounts of the incident in October 2019 at Mr Hooke's NSW Southern Highlands home after Burgess was told his visiting period had expired.
However, both parties accepted that the former South Sydney captain had previously stated that the visitation problem was "inhumane."
Magistrate Robert Rabbidge convicted Burgess of coercion and sentenced him to a two-year good behavior bond.
Burgess prevailed on an appeal of his conviction in March.