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Reefton’s Police and Search and
Rescue team last night found two
Australian anglers who became lost
in thick bush around Stony River.
The visiting anglers, Pat Sheridan
and Steve Hill, mistook the place
to re-enter the bush to locate their
car after a day ’s fishing, and became
lost and disoriented when night
fell. Mr Hill, by standing on a tree
stump, managed to get mobile
phone reception and called 111.
Reefton Police senior constable
Fred Aplin helped the Search and
Rescue team who were equipped
to find their way through the thick
growth. Search and Rescue team
member Trevor Prendergast said:
“They did the right thing by staying
put after making phone contact,
making it easier to find them”. One
of the fishermen, Mr Sheridan, said:
“We were a bitcold and wet,so it
was pretty good seeing the lights of
the rescue team coming down the
escarpment towards us”.
A fire in a shed in the Kokatahi
Valley late yesterday morning is not
being treated as suspicious. Hokitika
Volunteer Fire Brigade chief Harry
Collett said the cause of the fire in
the private workshop on the rural
property was unknown, although it
was not regarded as suspicious. The
building was substantially damaged
as a result of the fire at 11.30am.
Meanwhile, a Hokitika resident
managed to douse a fire on the top
of a stove early last evening at a
Fitzherbert Street residence while
firefighters were on the way.
Weston Golf Club in
Massachusetts is usually a haven of
tranquillity and decorum — but
the police had to be called when a
huge row erupted over members
committing the cardinal sin of
wearing denim. At the centre of the
uproar was the club’s president, Tom
Ferry, and British couple Stephen
and Charlotte Weeple. He is said to
have directed a barrage of expletive-
laden insults at them as they entered
the 120-year-old club because he
thought they were wearing denim
a material that is outlawed even
in designer form.
Rain, sometimes heavy, eases
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‘Sadistic’ cat torturer jailed
Hayden Growcott in court
Midnight ’s owner Donald Aitken
soon after the attack.
A Cobden man who set a cat on fire,
beat another to death and cut off their
paws was described as “sadistic” by
the judge when he was sentenced to
two years and five months in jail for
the animal cruelty in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday afternoon.
Hayden Growcott, 22, was further
sentenced to two years and five months
on charges of repeatedly trying to sell
class A drugs.
Growcott was charged with two
counts of wilful animal cruelty,
eight charges of offering to sell
methamphetamine (P), two charges
of offering to sell cannabis, possession
of two cannabis pipes, receiving a
$7000 quad bike and receiving stolen
bike parts. He had previously pleaded
guilty to all the offences.
In January, he captured a cat while
at home in Cobden, which he beat to
death. He cut off one of the cat ’s paws
with a tomahawk, which he kept as a
memento in his shed.
Then in May this year Growcott
Midnight, from a neighbour using a
cage. He poured petrol onto the cat
and set it on fire, taking a video of it
on his cellphone.
Thinking the cat was dead he then
dumped it, however it sur vived the
attack though suffering severe burns
in the process. Its ears were badly
shrivelled and needed to be amputated.
While investigating the cruelty
offences police found texts on
Growcott ’s phone of him offering to
sell methamphetamine and cannabis,
in amounts varying between a few
grams and less than a gram, worth
between $150 and $750 per sale.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said that
Growcott had been under a “heavy
the time of the offending. He said
Growcott had admitted that the drugs
had had the affect of “bringing up the
dark side of him”.
Mr Bodle said that the defendant
accepted he had behaved “atrociously,
in a nasty and sadistic way”, because
of the affect of the drug and his dislike
Growcott also accepted that if there
was ill-feeling towards him in the
community, that feeling was “entirely
justified”. Mr Bodle said such ill-
feeling had been exhibited by some
fairly “blunt statements” made by
people on Facebook.
He said that despite the offences
Growcott still had the support of
his family, although his mother was
“ beside herself ” in regards to the
cruelty offences, and could not even
bring herself to come to court for her
Judge Jane Farish said the offending
was “deliberate, pre-meditated and
extremely depraved and sadistic ”. “ You
decided you would get pleasure out of
it, hence why you ended up filming it ”.
Judge Farish said that the offending
was characterised by “a very high level
of sadism, an unprecedented level of
cruelty to an animal and the sadistic
pleasure you gained from that ”.
However, she told Growcott that he
was “not without redemption”, as long
as he made the effort to tackle his
drug addiction while in prison, as well
as his psychological issues, which she
said had ultimately been behind the
Growcott was sentenced to a total
of four yeras and 11 months on
the cruelty and methamphetamine
offences and was also sentenced to six
months, to run concurrently, on the
cannabis and receiving offences, and
was given an extra three months in
lieu of $19,466 of unpaid fines.
He also got a life-long ban from
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
One thousand gathered under moody skies for the opening of the Arahura whare tipuna today, glimpsing beautiful carvings through the rain.
“It has been a great occasion to celebrate our whare tipuna opening with our manuhiri,” Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae chairman Francois Tumahai said.
Hundreds of whanau returned for the opening of the marae, and the Ngai Tahu annual general meeting tomorrow.
In 2006, Ngati Waewae was gifted the land for the new marae on the terrace by the Riki Te Mairaki Ellison Taiaroa Trust and in 2008 plans were drawn up for the marae, with a major boost
occurring in 2009 with a Lotteries grant.
Construction on the whare tipuna started in November 2013. The car vings were super vised by Ngai Tahu car ver Fayne Robinson.
A Kaiata man who assaulted police,
flooded a police cell and threatened
to bite off a policeman’s nose, was
convicted and remanded for sentencing
on January 13 to give him time to
engage with Community Probation.
Lucas D uncraft was facing charges
in the Greymouth District Court of
intentional damage, resisting a police
officer, assaulting police, threatening
to injure, interfering with a vehicle and
On September 25, D uncraft was
arrested for breaching his bail by being
drunk. When police tried to arrest him
he locked his arms to prevent them
from putting handcuffs on him.
Duncraft repeatedly threatened
police, and once locked up in a cell
at the Greymouth Police Station he
repeatedly head-butted the wall.
He also flooded the cell by stuffing his
blanket down the toilet.
On September 13, he gained entry to
the Australasian Hotel but was arrested
and twice told a police officer in the
back of the patrol car that he could bite
the officer’s nose off.
He also kicked an officer in the leg at
the police station.
Judge Jane Farish warned D uncraft
that if he did not engage he would be
taken into custody until his sentencing
to bite cop’s
A former BP Greymouth employee
says his wages were docked if someone
drove off without paying for petrol
but a former boss has come to the
absent owners’ defence.
A former employee of Greymouth
BP called tv show Campbell Live last
night to complain. Another took to
“It wasn’t just the one person ... I
know for a fact there was at least six
different staff members who they
did this to,” the former employee
Greymouth Scenicland Mobile
proprietor Barry Jack, who also
owns three other petrol outlets in
Christchurch, said drive-off petrol
thefts from his Coast operation
were relatively low and he praised
Greymouth police work to track
“All my cashiers control the pumps.
If they like the look of the customer,
they turn on the pump.”
Mr Jack said cashiers had a “tough
job”, but casual staff were paid
above the industry average plus an
hourly performance rate to stay
“ If they have a drive-off or an amount
they are unable to collect, they lose the
performance rate,” he said.
Full-time staff accrued a monthly
bonus and if there were “no cockups”
during the year they stood to gain a
Alan Sweeney, the former
Greymouth and Hokitika Caltex
(now Challenge) ser vice stations’
proprietor, said employees forced
to explain unpaid for petrol had
in his experience tended to label
it a ‘drive-off ’ rather than acknow-
ledge their role in not collecting
This generally arose through staff
inattention or petrol and shop
purchases not tallied together
properly, Mr Sweeney said.
Customers also got away with
incorrectly identifying the pump
number and paying for a lesser
amount than the fuel taken.
However, Mr Sweeney said he never
made any staff pay for a genuine
He said criticism via the media
of the Greymouth BP owners who
are currently out of the country, was
“I ’ve dealt with (the owners) for
many, many years, I’ve always found
them to be good employers.”
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