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Dog death complaint
The Grey District Council has
lodged a complaint with the police
after a dog had its skull smashed
in earlier this week. Environmental
ser vices manager Stephen May said
the matter had been referred to the
police because of the circumstances
of the dog’s death. “It is a case of
animal cruelty and needs to be dealt
with,” Mr May said. The Greymouth
SPCA is also assisting police with
Police say a quick-thinking tour
bus driver travelling through Paroa
yesterday prevented a serious
accident, when the driver of a silver
Mazda hatchback dangerously
overtook the bus and narrowly
avoided colliding head-on with an
oncoming vehicle. The incident was
reported to police, who tracked down
the offending driver and gave him a
lesson on how to overtake safely.
The front door of a vacant house
in Fox Street, Cobden, was kicked
in and panelling ripped off the
walls some time over the past few
days. The damage was discovered
yesterday afternoon when someone
looking after the property was doing
a routine check. Greymouth police
warned residents in the area to lock
their houses and outbuildings and
make sure nothing of value was left
lying around outside overnight.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Ocean Odyssey, three Greymouth
vessels. Departures: Nil. In port:
Ocean Odyssey, 19 other vessels.
Expected departures: Ocean
Odyssey, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Jay Elaine, today; Cook
Canyon, tomorrow; Galatea II,
Moon Shadow II, Tuesday.
to car dealing charges
A Reefton man came up with a diverse range
of explanations about how 11 cars left his
possession when he defended a charge in the
Westport District Court yesterday of being an
unregistered car salesman.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said anyone who
sold more than six vehicles in a year was a dealer
and must be registered.
Crown prosecutor for the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment, Greg
Gimblett, said records showed Kevin Arthur
Arnesen, 61, sold 11 vehicles between January
9, 2013 and January 8, 2014.
Representing himself, Arnesen said he had
traded one of those vehicles for a broken-down
tip truck from a “mate up the lane” who wanted
a car for his daughter to learn to drive.
He sold another vehicle for parts but later got it
back after somebody on ‘P ’ (methamphetamine)
smashed it to pieces.
He sold a bus on behalf of his ex-wife in
Australia, at her request.
He transferred his own vehicle to his new
partner’s name, then back again, to prevent it
being deregistered when he could not afford the
He gave a Honda Prelude to a friend for free
after the court took her car, then he helped her
When that car blew up he gave her another.
“ I’m a kind-hearted person, so, that ’s what I
do,” he told the court.
He gave another vehicle to a friend to thank
him for helping with bits and pieces in the yard.
Arnesen said he needed the help as he suffered
from pain and depression.
Arnesen said he was the local tow truck driver
and he accepted damaged vehicles to cover
In one case he had done a vehicle up and
sold it, but the buyer’s mother believed it was
dangerous and Arnesen ended up refunding the
He had given one vehicle to a woman in
exchange for her son helping him around the
yard. She had driven a “piece of rubbish” from
Blenheim with its exhaust sitting in the boot.
Arnesen said he was not interested in
making big money but in helping people who
were not fortunate enough to be able to buy
He said he was not a car salesman and did not
advertise any vehicles.
Mr Gimblett suggested Arnesen got
ownership of the damaged vehicles, fixed them
and sold them for a profit.
Arnesen agreed that 11 cars left his ownership
in 2013 and he had no records of the gifts or
Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment investigator Christopher Blank
said he wrote to Arnesen explaining he needed
to register as a motor vehicle trader.
He had also invited Arnesen to respond to
allegations of being an unregistered trader but
had no response from him. Arnesen said he had
not received the letters.
Judge O’Driscoll asked for written submissions
on what was defined as “gain”. He noted a
recent court decision that a swap came within
the definition of gain.
He gave the prosecution until the end of
February to make its submissions and Arnesen
to the end of March to respond. Judge O’Driscoll
said he would then make a ruling.
Mr Gimblett agreed that if Arnesen could
prove he gained nothing from parting with five
of the vehicles, the case would be dismissed.
The case was adjourned until April 15.
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for tv theft
A pair of brothers from Hokitika
were each sentenced in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday to 100 hours
of community work for the theft of a
Chance Tipa and Tyran Dickson were
both found guilty by Judge Stephen
O’Driscoll of a joint charge of burglary,
while Tipa was found guilty of receiving
a stolen Playstation 3 computer games
console and a number of computer
The verdict was delivered yesterday
after a defended hearing on Monday.
Tipa and Dickson went to the
Hokitika home of David Sinclair on
May 30 last year, after Sinclair’s former
girlfriend Tessa Wallace — who was also
found guilty of burglary — had taken
the Playstation, a number of games and
a hoodie from the property, earlier that
Wallace had offered to sell the games
console and games to Stevenson and
Dickson; however, Tipa had later taken
possession of them. All four defendants
had that evening all travelled to Sinclair’s
house, where the television had been
Judge O’Driscoll said he did not
believe that Dickson had an “honest
belief ” that the television set he
was taking belonged to Wallace, an
argument he put forward in his police
The judge also said Tipa, who drove
the vehicle containing all the defendants
to Sinclair’s property “for the express
purpose of committing the burglary and
driving away ”.
Judge O’Driscoll said he was satisfied
that Tipa knew the Playstation and
games were stolen, having been told they
had been earlier taken by Wallace.
Sisters Angel Stevenson and Wallace
were both found not guilty of the theft
of the television, as the judge believed
neither had taken an active part in the
Wallace was to be sentenced this
morning for the theft of the games
console and games.
Plea change over saddles theft
A Hokitika man who had earlier opted
to defend charges of receiving more
than $2000 worth of stolen saddles
changed his plea and admitted the theft
in the Greymouth District Court this
Brenton Roger White, 18, was
convicted of receiving and was remanded
on bail to March 10 for a restorative
White will also be sentenced then
for theft, possession of cannabis and
On June 7, White went to the Hokitika
swimming pool and filled up a bag with
coal before walking off. Th en, between
June 24 and June 26, three saddles,
valued at $750 each, were stolen from
the West Coast Riding for the Disabled
Police searched White’s home on June
27 and located the saddles, which White
admitted to having hidden in his ceiling.
The search also turned up nine ‘tinnies’
containing 14g of cannabis, a pipe,
four bongs and four spotting knives for
smoking the drug.
Jacqueline Ann Galland, 42, of
Blaketown, had a charge of assault with
a mug withdrawn after police could not
offer any evidence.
Tessa Wallace, of Hokitika, was
remanded on bail to February 17 on a
charge of theft, to allow an application
for a discharge without conviction to be
A 44-year-old Westport
man who admitted
publications has been
remanded while a
decision is made whether
to sentence him under
Court Judge Stephen
O’Driscoll said the
man — who has name
suppression — was due
to be sentenced yesterday
on several charges of
said new sentencing
guidelines had been in
place since last April.
The defendant was
charged with his offences
The judge provided
police and counsel
with copies of the new
Judge O’Driscoll said
police would indicate
whether they thought
the old or the new
guidelines should be
followed. The man’s
lawyer, Doug Taffs,
continued an interim
order for name
suppression and said
parties should also
provide submissions on
The man was remanded
at large until March 11.
— Westport News
Katie Milne in title hunt
Rotomanu farmer Katie
Milne is one of four
finalists for the title of
2015 Dairy Woman of the
The awards are run by the
Dairy Women’s Network.
Miss Milne chairs
Federated Farmers on the
West Coast, and also ser ves
on the federation’s national
PGG Wrightson animal
Alexandra, dairy director Wilma van
Leeuwen of Waimate, and Southland
Demonstration Farm director Elaine
Cook, of Waikato.
The winner will receive
programme’ run by Global
Women New Zealand.
Dairy Women’s Network
chief executive Zelda de
Villiers said judges could
not whittle down the
finalists to just three this
“ It is going to be tough
choosing the overall
The winner will be announced at a gala
dinner at the Dairy Women’s Network
annual conference on March 19, in
Cnr Boundary & Herbert Sts
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