A HK$500 fine was 'manifestly inadequate' for a former Fijian Sevens rugby player who hit a policeman in a brawl in Wan Chai, prosecutors and police will argue at a review hearing. The Department of Justice will submit that the sentence is 'manifestly inadequate in all circumstances, and wrong in principle' at the hearing, prosecutor David Leung Cheuk-yin said. Paula Maisiri, 32, a professional rugby player from Palmerston North, New Zealand, pleaded guilty to one count of police assault and was fined by Acting Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai at Eastern Court last Friday. Ms Chainrai said yesterday she had read newspaper reports the day after she sentenced Maisiri that described the incident as much more serious than prosecutors had said. Maisiri, who was in the city to play for the Playmore Phantoms at the GFI Hong Kong Football Club Tens Tournament, was to appear at Eastern Court yesterday for a review hearing, but had already left the city. Prosecutors served him with a notice on their application for review, but not a summons, before he boarded his flight, Mr Leung said. Prosecutors will give Maisiri time to inform the court when he can appear for the review. If he does not reply, proceedings will go ahead without him. A review hearing date will be scheduled on May 19. 'We were alarmed when we saw the sentence and immediately started preparing documents with prosecutors to apply for a review,' said Chief Superintendent Blake Hancock, Wan Chai district commander. 'This was a clear assault on a uniformed officer.' After police warned a group of people about a thrown bottle outside East Town Building on Jaffe Road at 5am on Friday, Maisiri rushed Constable Leung King-sang. Constable Leung hit Maisiri in the left thigh with a baton, and Maisiri grabbed the constable's neck and punched him. Two other officers used pepper spray on Maisiri, then arrested him. Constable Leung suffered a minor neck injury.