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A Blaketown man who tried to
repeatedly scratch a police officer and
spat at them was remanded for sentence
on November 18 when he appeared in
the Greymouth District Court yesterday.
Shane Darling, 24, pleaded guilty to
charges of assaulting police, threatening
to injure and resisting a police officer, on
Police were called to Darling’s address
on October 5 and found him arguing
with someone. Police told the defendant
he would have to stay somewhere else that
Darling then violently kicked a coal
bucket across the room and swore at
police. He was restrained but managed
to break free, pushing an officer in the
process. The struggle carried on outside
the house, with police managing to
partially secure Darling on the lawn.
However, with one free hand Darling
repeatedly tried to scratch one of the
officers. Once the police got Darling to
his feet he then spat at one of them, and
had to have a spit hood placed on him.
A Cobden man who drove while
disqualified to get to hospital because his
partner was in labour was banned form
driving for three months.
On September 14, Peter David Boese,
23, drove in Greymouth.
When stopped by police he admitted he
was disqualified but said he was driving
to hospital as his partner was in labour.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said the partner’s
labour turned out to be a false alarm,
however she gave birth the next day.
Mr Zintl said Boese had said that he
had not flouted the law but the situation
had been a personal emergency.
Judge O’Driscoll said he could
understand why Boese had taken matters
into his own hands rather than looking at
other forms of transport.
Mark Douglas Sparham, 53, of
driving for six months for driving while
suspended on September 25. He pleaded
guilty to the charges.
Sparham drove in Greymouth and
when stopped by police told them he was
taking his daughter to school.
Matthew Trent Williams, 21, of
Cobden, was ordered to come up for
sentence if called upon within nine
months for assault.
On October 1, Williams was at home
when he got into an argument with the
victim in the kitchen. Williams said he
was angry because he was not being
allowed to cook. He punched the victim
and smashed a stack of CDs by throwing
them on the floor.
Lawyer George Linder said that on the
day of the offending the victim had got
drunk and had sent Williams abusive
texts. That evening the victim had refused
to let Williams into the house or to let
him eat anything.
However, Judge O’Driscoll said the
victim impact statement painted a
different version of events. He said he was
not sure if the facts were what Williams
A Greymouth man who sent his
partner threatening text messages and
allowed his flat to be used for cannabis
consumption was fined $500 and ordered
to pay $102 in reperation.
Riaz Khan, 19, pleaded guilty to
threatening to injure, intentional damage
and allowing his flat to be used for the
consumption of cannabis.
On September 1, Khan visited his
former partner, with whom he had a
young child. The pair argued and after
being asked to leave he kicked her fence,
causing it to buckle.
On September 9 he sent his former
partner several threatening text messages
and she ended up fearing for her safety.
Later, Khan was found at his flat, where
a police search found two people who
were intoxicated and under the influence
of cannabis, alongside dried cannabis and
a number of cannabis bongs and pipes.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said the offences
were because Khan could not see his
six-month-old son. He said Khan was
remorseful about the offending.
Mandy Elizabeth Palmer, 42, of
Kaiata, was fined $650 and banned
from driving for six months for
excess breath-alcohol of 631mg on
Gavin Frederick John Whitcombe had
a charge of not stopping at a railway
crossing adjourned to November 18.
Lloyd Fiaola was ordered to come up
for sentence within nine months if called
upon for breach of intensive supervision
and breach of community work.
Fiaola had completed 64 hours of his
community work work sentence, and had
56 hours outstanding. Lawyer George
Linder said the defendant would be
seeing a probation officer after court to
arrange completing his sentence.
Man tries to scratch cop in struggle
There will be plenty of spooky
ways for the young ones to enjoy
Halloween this year, with the Grey
District Library and Shantytown
both offering a few scares.
The library will host an after
school event titled ‘Scary Stories
with Smiles and Treats’, on
October 29. Children of all ages
are invited to take part in the
event, which runs from 4pm to
5pm, at which librarians will read
some not-too-scary stories.
All manner of costume is
welcome and there will be a round
of Halloween bingo, prizes, tasty
treats and healthy snacks, and
maybe even a monster mash.
Meanwhile, Shantytown will
again hold its annual Halloween
event on October 31, now in its
Last year, about 1000 children
and parents turned out for the
event, which has grown by 200
children each year.
Marketing and events manager
Nickelle Egan said the police,
Bluelight and DARE West Coast
groups had all endorsed the event
and would be there on the night.
“The Halloween event was
introduced to provide a safe
environment for trick or treaters,
if we get 700 children attend the
event, that ’s 700 children not
wandering the streets.”
The event will run from 5 to
8pm, with DJ Gary Cambus
hosting a free ‘spooky disco’ in the
Miners Hall. Sweets stalls, games,
a bouncy castle and instant photo
studio will also feature around
Mrs Egan said marquees would
be on standby if the weather
forecast looked unfavourable.
Shantytown was also seeking
sponsorship and donations from
local businesses, suppliers and
individuals to help fund the
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Grey District librarian Ollie Witton looks over one of the scary books that children will be able to
enjoy in the lead up to Halloween.
Judge to suspended driver: Don’t let me down
Winz death threat remand
MP Damien O’Connor
has issued a challenge
to new Health Minister
Dr Coleman will be
visiting every DHB
around the country in the
He was in Christchurch
Mr O’Connor said it
was time for the minister
to front and “explain
honestly where we are
at with the Grey Base
Hospital redevelopment ”.
“ Where are the plans
for the Buller proposal as
So far, the Coast had
been left empty-handed,
Mr O’Connor said.
“ We are still in the
dark about the basic
plans let alone the final
Former health minister
Tony Ryall said a year
ago that design work
would start soon, site
work was expected to
begin later this year and
the new hospital would
be completed by the end
A release from the
ministry just before the
election said design
work was just starting,
construction would start
by the end of 2015 and
the new hospital would
be finished in 2017.
A Hokitika man with 30 previous
convictions for burglary who stole 25 packets
of meat from a Sewell Street property on
April 24 was yesterday jailed for 16 months
and ordered to pay $100 reperations.
Matiu Taipu Walker, 44, went to the
property and broke the glass of the garage
door. Once inside he went to a freezer and
took 25 packets of meat out of it.
Police later found most of the meat at
When questioned by police Walker said
he had used up all his benefit on drugs and
alcohol the day before and had no money
left for food.
He said he knew the freezer at the property
contained meat as an associate of his had
stolen from it in the past.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said that at the
time of the offending Walker ended up
living in a block of flats where he said drugs
and alcohol were a big influence.
Someone he met at the flat had encouraged
Walker to take food which the pair could
sell. The friend then burgled his uncle’s
house to steal meat from the freezer in the
garage at the property.
At the time, Walker said he argued with
his friend as he did not agree with that type
of offending, however he committed the
same offence a few days later.
Mr Bodle said Walker regretted the
offending, and felt he should not have given
into a moment of weakness and allowed
himself to be led astray.
He said Walker was now motivated,
alcohol and drug-free and a had “drawn a
line between himself and alcohol”.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said the
aggravating factor to the offending was
that Walker had 30 previous convictions for
burglary dating back to 1984.
Judge O’Driscoll said the offending was
clearly “planned and pre-meditated”.
He also did not believe Walker had been
“At 44, don’t tell me you were led astray.
You know the difference between right and
wrong ... you got involved as you know it
was easy to do.”
Walker was also given three months in
prison, to run concurrently with his other
sentence, for possession of equipment for
the consumption of cannabis.
Jail for Hokitika meat thief
Cobden woman threatened,
harassed by intruder
The Ministry of Primary Industries
yesterday formally withdrew two charges
laid against a Pukekura couple for preparing
possum meat in a way that was not in line
with a proper risk management procedure.
Peter and Justine Salter, of The Bushman’s
Centre, were back in the Greymouth District
Prosecutor Anselm Williams said the Salters
had registered for a food safety programme,
starting tomorrow in Greymouth, and
had prepared a food safety plan which was
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll ordered that the
charges be withdrawn.
Possum pie charges dropped
A Cobden man who threatened to kill
staff at the Greymouth Work and Income
office just weeks after two people were shot
and killed at the Ashburton Winz office,
was yesterday remanded in custody for
sentencing on November 19.
Jessie Thornton Peck, 21, made the threat
after leaving Winz on September 10.
Unhappy about the outcome of a meeting he
had just had about his benefits, he told the
security guard standing outside the office, “I
am going to go and get my gun and come
back and kill you all”.
When the security guard told him he could
not say that, Peck replied: “I f..king mean it.”
Lawyer Richard Bodle said in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday Peck
had told police his medication made him
say things he did not mean.
On May 7, Peck smashed a window to get
into a building at the Kaiata Park industrial
subdivision and stole $1500 worth of tools
While at the Kingsgate Hotel car park
on May 28 he forced open the canopy of
a parked vehicle and took tools, a $4000
generator, safety goggles and a safety
With no transport of his own Peck
called a taxi to take the stolen items to his
Police visited his property on an unrelated
matter and found some of the stolen
When questioned, Peck said he had been
drunk and could not remember where the
rest of the stolen property was, claiming
that he had found some of it on Mawhera
Peck will have a defended hearing on
November 19 to dispute charges of assault
with a weapon and wilful damage.
A Greymouth man was given another
chance in the Greymouth District Court
Toa Tokomaru Marino, 29, was sentenced
to 50 hours of community work for driving
while disqualified on April 17.
Marino had been imprisoned for an earlier
offence on February 13, and had been
released on March 19, but he had driven
despite still being banned from driving.
Kerry Aston, from Community Probation,
said Marino had been completing an earlier
community work sentence and had also
recently completed a short rehabilitative
course, where he had “exceeded his
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said he had been
representing Marino for some time and
had seen his attitude change from one of
entitlement, where he always thought the
police were wrong, to one where he accepted
the police evidence in this case had been
His attitude was now good, hence his early
guilty plea to the offending.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll told Marino:
“If you come back to court you can’t expect
sympathy in the future. I have given you a
chance with no further disqualification.
Don’t let me down.”
A Cobden man who forced his way into
a house and threatened to injure the female
occupant was convicted and sentenced to two
months in prison, when he appeared in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday.
On August 10, Martin Raymond
Hutchinson, 37, forced open a locked door of
the property; he only left when the occupant
called the police.
However, he returned 30 minutes later and
when the police were called again, he locked
the doors to prevent the police getting into
Hutchinson also restrained the victim and
tried to take the keys from her.
When he was finally arrested he struggled
with police while they were escorting him to
After being released on August 11,
Hutchinson was seen at the property by
the victim, peering into her house. He later
told police that he just wanted to talk to the
Lawyer George Linder said Hutchinson
had said he had been a boarder at the
victim’s property, but a sexual relationship
had developed between them, something the
On the day of the first offence he had said
he just wanted to talk to the victim.
Hutchinson was also remanded in custody
to December 9 on a charge of injuring with
intent to cause injury.
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