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A man who attempted to sexually
violate a tourist in Westport in June has
been sentenced to four years and eight
months in prison, without parole.
In the Westport District Court this
week, Tandy Gabriel Bryant Robertson,
34, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault
with intent to commit sexual violation.
Robertson also pleaded guilty to altering
a document and breaching bail. A charge
of threatening to kill was withdrawn.
Judge Jane McMeeken said Robertson
had invited a tourist to his room on the
afternoon of June 12. There he helped her
fill out a job application, as English was
not her first language.
He knelt in front of her and began
kissing her knees. She said “No” and he
put a sock in her mouth. He climbed on
top of her and she tried to fight him off
and called for help.
He put his hand over her mouth and
said: “Do you want to die?” She broke
away and he grabbed her, lifted up her top
and put his hand down her pants.
She escaped and ran down the street
where members of the public saw her.
She suffered injuries to her hands, lip,
tongue and mouth.
The victim impact report showed she
also suffered psychological injuries. She
had feared for her life and had been
robbed of her sense of security. She said
her life had now changed.
Judge McMeeken said Robertson also
breached bail this February and altered a
cheque the previous May.
He would receive a second strike
warning for the assault charge. His first
strike was in July 2012. That meant he
would have to ser ve his entire sentence
without parole eligibility. The maximum
penalty for the most recent offence was
10 years in prison.
Defending, Tony Bamford said a pre-
sentence report showed Robertson
acknowledged the trauma caused by his
offence and understood the victim had
been fearful. He knew his behaviour had
been reprehensible, wanted to apologise
and hoped the victim could put it behind
Judge McMeeken said aggravating
factors relating to the offending included
the level of pre-meditation; Robertson
had invited her to his house pretending
to help her. The effect on the victim had
also been profound. Violence had been
inherent in the offending.
— Westport News
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Rain to persist
Yet more heavy rain is forecast
for the West Coast. After several
downpours last night heavy
enough to cause tv signal fade, the
Metser vice has forecast unsettled
north-westerlies and periods of rain
for Fiordland and the Westland
ranges south of about Arthur’s Pass.
A further 80mm of rain is possible
through to early tomorrow morning,
on top of what has already fallen.
People are advised that rivers and
streams may rise rapidly, and that
slips and surface flooding is possible.
Vehicle ploughs through
Westport police are on the lookout
for a four-wheel drive vehicle seen
damaging fences at the Westport
Pony Club grounds, in Coates Street,
early yesterday afternoon. The vehicle
was seen running into a fence where
the street takes a sharp right-hand
turn past the grounds. The witnesses
reported the registration plate began
with the letters AEY.
Jellyfish blanket beaches
The distinct blue bottle Portuguese
man-of-war, strewn across Cobden
beach at the high tide mark this
morning after washing up overnight.
Cobden resident Allan Skeats was
walking his dog this morning when
he came across “thousands, and
I mean thousands.” “ There was a
great big blue tint, like someone had
broken a windscreen.” Blue bottles
washed up all along Greymouth and
Karoro beaches as well.
Coast leads emergency
The West Coast District Health
Board once again leads the country’s
DHBs in the health targets
for shorter stays in emergency
departments, achieving 100%.
The DHB’s performance against
six targets is measured quarterly.
The target of 95% measures what
proportion of patients are admitted,
discharged or transferred from an
emergency department within six
hours. Among the results, The
DHB’s smoking cessation advice got
close to the 95% target for giving
advice to hospitalised patients, at
93%. DHB chief executive David
Meates said the results reflected
continued efforts to provide
outstanding health care.
The Keighley family — Samuel, left, Joe and Reuben — enjoyed a tasty meal at Cobden
School this morning as part of a breakfast to encourage positive male relationships. A full
breakfast of sausages, scrambled eggs, bacon, cereal, fruit and toast was laid out for the
38 pupils, parents and helpers who attended. “It is all about relationships with dads,
granddads, older siblings and building that relationship,” co-ordinator Francey Kara said.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kookshorn and Cobden-Runanga Anglican vicar Archdeacon
Tim Mora attended, and former pupil Euan Barrow spoke to the group. School principal
Noula Kazakos said they hoped to build on the event to engage more male role models “to
support our boys”.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
School breakfast with dad
Police do not yet know how a
Waimangaroa toddler who drowned in a
farm pond last week managed to access
Police were called to the Collins Road
property about 5.30pm last Tuesday
where Anamiek Manshande was
reported to have fallen into the pond.
CPR was performed at the scene and
Anamiek taken to Buller Hospital in a
critical condition. She was pronounced
dead at the hospital.
Farm owner Martin Syron said a
corrugated iron fence had surrounded
the small duck pond where Anamiek
Westport police detective Mal Haughey
confirmed that the area had been fenced
to try and ensure the safety of children.
Police did not yet know how the toddler
had managed to get to the pond.
Inquiries were continuing.
— Westport News
Details of toddler’s drowning unknown
The Alpine Fault drillers at Whataroa have
sent all the drilling equipment to Christchurch
for a makeover.
The most recent blog update from the team,
posted this morning, says they are now several
weeks behind schedule.
Challenges have included having the right
drilling equipment; attracting and sustaining
a strong team of people for many months; and
extracting scientific results from challenging
underground conditions such as the high
temperatures they have already encountered.
“O btaining and maintaining the right drilling
equipment has proven tougher than expected
and we are now several weeks behind schedule,”
according to the update.
The current drilling method breaks the rock
into small pieces (cuttings) and creates a 215mm
diameter open hole. It is a similar method to that
employed by the petroleum industry, but they
are drilling into a much harder rock than they
Goldminers are more used to the hard rock, but
their hole is smaller and shallower.
They reached a depth of 547m depth last
Wednesday, but progress was slow and equipment
“A decision was made to remove all drilling
equipment from the hole, send it to Christchurch
for a makeover, and obtain new specialised drill
bits. The new roller-cone drill bits have hardened
points to shatter the rock, but they need several
tonnes of weight on them to be effective.”
They hope to resume drilling tomorrow.
Alpine Fault drillers upgrade gear
Consultation on the Buller District Council’s
proposed new rating model opened today, with
public meetings planned district-wide.
“The process of reviewing the rating system is
not something that has been taken lightly by us
as a council,” Buller Mayor Garry Howard said.
“The most important thing for us is that we
create a system that is fair and justifiable —
which the current system is not.”
Over the next week all Buller district
ratepayers will be posted a copy of the draft
proposal summary, and from today people can
check what their proposed rates would be via
the council website www.bullerdc.govt.nz.
Cr Lynn Brooks. who chaired the rates review
committee, said they needed to hear people’s
opinions on the proposal.
“Anyone is eligible to make a submission and
I encourage everyone to do so, including those
who agree with the proposal and those who
have alternate views and suggestions. ”
Public meetings will be held in Reefton on
December 9, and Punakaiki the next day. There
will later be a hearing, and the council will then
adopt a draft rating model in February. This
will then be the basis for the long-term plan,
which will also be consulted on in March-April
2015 before a final rating model is adopted and
comes into effect for the new financial year, in
Public meetings on Buller rating proposal
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