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A Cobden resident has reported
the theft of food from a freezer at
their Ward Street property. Police
had few details today and inquiries
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Cook Canyon, Moon Shadow II.
Departures: Galatea II, Latitude,
Tainui, Tawera, Sea Legend, Happy
V, Calypso, Expatriate, Louisa,
Borda, five Greymouth vessels. In
port: Cook Canyon, Moon Shadow
II, Achernar, Sovereign, Okarito,
Iveagh Bay, 20 other vessels.
Expected departures: Moon Shadow
II, tomorrow. Expected arrivals: Nil.
A Reefton man and his estranged
partner could have behaved better
although given stress at the time the
resulting “out of character” offending
could be seen as a one-off, Judge Raoul
Neave commented in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday.
After a defended hearing, Dean
Alexander Adamson was convicted
on one count of assault and one of
assaulting a woman.
Adamson was sentenced to 12
months’ super vision and 100 hours of
community work as a result of the June
2014 incident in which he pinned his
former partner to the floor, dragged her
by the hair, and kicked her.
Adamson initially defended charges
of assaulting a woman and assault with
intent to injure, but pleaded guilty to
lesser charges as the hearing proceeded.
At the time police visited the couple’s
home on June 23, the complainant was
also charged with assault but that charge
was later withdrawn.
The court heard that the pair had
recently separated, with Adamson
now having custody of their son, who
was six months old at the time of the
Following the birth of their baby there
had been ongoing medical issues, which
had created ongoing stress. Things boiled
over in June when, during an argument,
Adamson walked away from his partner
who gave him an open handed slap in
his back, and apparently called him a
“ bad father”.
Adamson locked himself in the spare
bedroom but his partner succeeded in
breaking the door. The assaults followed
when Adamson came out of the room.
Judge Neave said there was “no
question” the “emotional temperature
was turned up” at the time and
Adamson’s initial retreat to the bedroom
had been the right one.
“O bviously you weren’t coping ... your
instincts on the evening were right in
that you tried to remove yourself.”
However, despite the mitigating
was never acceptable and Adamson’s
actions to restrain his partner were
“ utterly unacceptable” and went beyond
reasonable force, the judge said.
Thomas Francis Gillie O’Brien, 22,
of Greymouth, admitted stealing a
gas bottle, having earlier disputed the
Judge Neave noted progress made
by O’Brien as a result of a sentence of
super vision imposed late last year on
The theft charge preceded his current
sentence and the judge imposed a
further six months of super vision on
O’Brien and ordered him to pay $99.99
in reparation to his victim.
Daniel John Porter, 22, of Cobden,
pleaded guilty to receiving a stolen car
valued at less than $500, a charge with a
maximum three-month prison sentence.
Judge Neave noted that “generally
speaking” dishonesty did not appear
to be Porter’s “modus operandi” before
remanding him on bail for a restorative
justice conference and sentencing on
Work penalty for attack
Tuesday March 10
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Phone 768 5942 first
March 9, 2015, in the
loving arms of her
family, aged 68. Most
precious wife of Ken,
cherished mum and
mum-in-law of Tony
and Carla, and Karyn
and Ian, loving nana of
her treasured grand-
children Liam, Tess,
Aaron, Ami and Ella,
much loved sister and
sister-in-law of Shona
McEnaney, Lynette and
David Scott, John and
Suzy Currie, Christine
and John Freeman,
Marchelle and Wayne
Shatford, and Michael
Currie, Richard Beirne,
Pat and Reed Jamieson,
and Jillian and Stuart
loved aunty of all nieces
and nephews and their
families, very special
friend of Del and Mike
Shearer, and Jen and
Lee Gibson and a very
close friend of many
Treasured memories are
in our hearts forever
Our heartfelt thanks to
all those involved in the
wonderful care and
support of Val during
her illness, and in lieu of
flowers donations to the
Cancer Society would
be appreciated and can
be made at the Church
or posted to PO Box 81,
Greymouth 7840. A
Funeral Mass for Val
will be celebrated in
St Patrick's Catholic
Church, High Street,
Greymouth on Friday at
2pm, followed by inter-
ment at the Memorial
Park Cemetery Glad-
FDANZ. Phone (03)
Douglas (Womble). —
Passed away on Friday,
March 6, 2015, aged 61
years. Dearly loved hus-
band of Bernadette,
Catherine, Amanda and
Daniel, adored Grumpa
randad to Harmony.
Also loved brother,
and friend. No ordinary
Man — You made a real
difference and will be
sadly missed by family
and friends and many
please but donations
welcome. Messages to
PO Box 20, Hari Hari
7863. A celebration of
Brian's life will be held
at the Hotel, Hari Hari
on Friday March 13,
commencing at 2.30pm.
Interment to follow at
the Hari Hari Cemetery.
A Hokitika man was warned in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday that prison was likely
unless he reined in his drinking and violent
Martin Rawaho Kahui, 38, pleaded guilty
to intentionally damaging a Housing New
Zealand property and assaulting a woman, in
Hokitika on October 23.
He changed his pleas yesterday after earlier
seeking to defend both charges.
During submissions, police prosecutor Steve
Greer told Judge Raoul Neave the main police
witness was unavailable.
Defence lawyer Eymard Bradley said Kahui
had yet to consolidate previous conditions to
curb his alcohol problem.
Judge Neave warned that Kahui had better
be careful about how he proceeded, given the
similarity of the case to his previous offending
and the resulting sentences of super vision,
which “obviously didn’t work”.
Kahui’s offending was indicative of “pack male”
offending over many years “clearly influenced by
his drinking,” the judge said.
If Kahui continued to be “unrepentant ” then
the next step would be prison.
Judge Neave said Kahui was a serial offender
“spreading havoc” among his victims.
The judge stood him down to seek further
counsel. Later, Kahui pleaded guilty and was
remanded on bail to reappear on May 19 to
allow time for a restorative justice conference
and a pre-sentence report.
Tyrone Robert Dickson, 19, of Hokitika, failed
to appear on a charge of entering a building
without authority and with the intention to
commit an offence, a charge which carries a
maximum 10-year prison sentence. A warrant
was issued for Dickson’s arrest.
Burglary accused granted bail
A South Westland import arrested
in Whataroa on Friday charged with
burglary, has been bailed to return to live
in South Canterbury and to appear in
court there next month.
Anton David Bert Higgan, 40, faces
charges relating to the burglary of a
State highway property at Whataroa
between January 21 and February 17.
Higgan was living nearby at the time of
the alleged offence.
In the Greymouth District Court
yesterday, Judge Raoul Neave noted that
Higgan had “intimated” a likely guilty
He remanded him on bail with strict
conditions to reside in South Canterbury
and to appear in the Timaru District
Court next month.
Higgan’s partner, who was arrested on
Saturday on similar charges, has yet to
appear in court.
The Greymouth cenotaph will have a
large concrete bar inscribed with ‘Lest we
forget ’ added to it.
The bar was found by CYB Construction
in Canterbury and given to the
Greymouth RSA, which in turn asked the
Grey District Council for permission to
add it to the cenotaph. The council last
night approved the addition, with the
$10,000 installation costs to be funded
from the McGlashan Trust.
The RSA has applied for funds
from a Lottery World War One
Commemorations, Environment and
Heritage grant, but that committee will
not sit until May.
The council agreed to under write the
costs in the meantime so that the block
can be installed before Anzac Day.
The New Zealand Army will do work ‘in
kind’ to install a flag pole at the cenotaph
and insert a memorial plaque on the
A plaque to commemorate World War
One will be put at one end of the beam,
with a World War Two plaque to be put at
the other end at a later stage.
Addition to Greymouth cenotaph
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
The West Coast Society of Arts is looking for
more volunteers to join vice-chair woman Colleen
Eason, left, and gallery assistant Maxine Morgan
at the Left Bank Art Gallery. Ms Eason said the
current responsibilities fell to about six people, all
of whom worked and had families. The society was
after people who could help with any variety of tasks
from vacuuming, wrapping art, hanging paintings or
serving customers at the Greymouth gallery. “ They
don’t have to be artists or be artistic, but just want
to help out.” Ms Eason said they would look to set
up an area where artists could work if they helped to
man the gallery.
A Christchurch truck driver has been
remanded on bail following a fatal crash
with a cyclist last year.
David Connell, 50, has been charged
with careless driving causing death
after he allegedly turned into the
path of a cyclist last September, at the
intersection of Waterloo Road and
The cyclist Ming-Chih Hsieh died at
the scene after being crushed under the
truck and trailer.
The 33-year-old tourist was travelling
through New Zealand when he was
Connell has been held on a registrars’
remand in order to apply for legal aid
and will reappear in two weeks’ time.
Cyclist death charge
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