A RUGBY ace arrested by police remains in a secure mental health unit.
Giants star Paul Whatuira was detained after two men were attacked on St Thomas’ Road between Folly Hall and Longroyd Bridge early on Tuesday morning.
One had suffered serious facial injuries including a broken nose. It has since emerged that the 28-year-old New Zealand international had been a patient at St Luke’s Hospital.
He had got out early on Tuesday morning and the attacks happened a short time later. He is now detained in a secure mental health unit in Bradford.
Fans and people at the club are shocked at what has happened – especially as it is so out of character for the amiable player.
Now attention is being turned to the fact that he suffered from severe headaches during the summer – and the concern is this may possibly be behind his current problems.
Sources close to the club have revealed his teammates have been left shocked by the news.
The source said that Whatuira – known as Fatz to his team-mates – is “one of the nicest guys around and liked by everybody at the club and throughout the game’’.
It is understood he does not drink and is an intelligent man, who has been studying for a sports degree in his spare time.
He has also been happy and settled at home with fiancee Vanessa, who is expecting their first child in the next few months.
Looking back to June, Giants chief Nathan Brown revealed his concern over Whatuira’s headaches – and he was a late withdrawal from one game and then missed the next one.
He said that Whatuira was suffering from severe headaches and that it was a problem that could continue indefinitely.
“There’s no doubt it’s a bit of a concern,” said Brown at the time.
“Fatz has been getting some bad migraines related to blood pressure and until we find out exactly what’s causing it, he won’t be taking part.
“It’s one of those situations where he may be back next week or he may be back in four weeks, we just don’t know at this stage.
“He’s obviously gone for tests and until we get those results back we just don’t know what’s happening.”
Whatuira underwent a scan, but it showed nothing up and he resumed his playing career as a centre with the giants.