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Atarau man claims
cannabis used for
violent sleep condition
A Blaketown man who threatened to put
another man “in a hole” was convicted and
fined in the Greymouth District Court
Dythaniel Scott Hart, 24, was fined $500 for
threatening to injure, on January 12.
Police visited Hart ’s address about his
property being damaged by the friend of
flatmate, who had caused $12,000 of damage
with a hammer.
However, as he was intoxicated he told
police that he would like 10 minutes to find
his flatmate, who he suspected of causing the
damage, so he could “put him in a hole in
He was warned by police to stay away from
his flatmate, however later that day he visited
the flatmate at another address, where he again
made threats towards him, slamming the door
of an oven in the process.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said the case had
been remanded to restorative justice, however
Hart had felt that dealing with it through that
process was “inappropriate”.
Judge Raoul Neave said Hart “clearly had a
However, in court Hart said he had
responded the way he had because his house
had been “trashed ”.
Siahn Michelle Taylor, 32, of Greymouth, was
remanded on bail to May 19 for sentencing for
excess breath-alcohol of 545mg, on February
On February 19 Taylor was with a group of
people seen drinking by a car in Greymouth.
Taylor eventually got into the car and drove
it, but was stopped by police after just 150m.
Taylor admitted drinking but told police she
had only done so to move the car off the lawn
at the landlord’s request.
A Greymouth man whose partner reported
an offence of wilful damage two months after
he committed the offence was convicted and
discharged on a charge of wilful damage.
Between December 31 and January 4, Corey
Leonard Keenan went to his partner’s house
and smashed a pane of glass in the front door,
in order to get inside. He then called his
partner, telling her that he had badly cut his
hand in the process, and needed her help.
However, she failed to turn up and Keenan
left soon after wards.
He later told police he thought he had
smashed the window as his keys were stuck
inside the house, and he thought his name was
on the rental agreement, so it would be okay
for him to break the glass.
Lawyer George Linder said the couple were
still together, and Keenan’s partner had not
reported the offence until two months after
it had been committed, after the pair had had
A Cobden man who carried out 360-degree
wheel spins to purposefully burst his tyres
so he could replace them, was convicted and
banned from driving for six months and fined
$450 for sustained loss of traction.
Christopher Lee Mazey, 25, was driving in
Peel Street, Cobden, on December 13 when,
upon reaching the intersection with Clifford
Street he revved the car’s engine, causing the
wheels to spin and smoke, spinning the car
360 degrees in the process.
Mazey drove away before returning a few
minutes later and repeating the wheel spins
until he blew out the rear tyres.
When questioned by police Mazey said he
had carried out the burnouts on his driveway,
and then drove down the road to turn around.
He had done the burnouts to burst the tyres so
he could put his new tyres on.
Judge Neave described it as “just silly
behaviour, and repeating it just makes matters
An Atarau man who was found to have
a specialist growing room for cultivating
cannabis, told police he used the drug for
a violent sleep condition.
Philip Alan Hall, 37, was convicted
and sentenced to 12 months’ supervision,
and fined $1500 for possession and
cultivation of cannabis, when he admitted
the charges in the Greymouth District
A search of Hall’s home uncovered
a growing room in his garage, which
contained 12 plants, a timer, heating
system and fan. Police also found
166g of the drug, and a further 4g in a
Hall said the drugs were for his own use.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Hall suffered
from a sleep disorder, parasomnia, which
meant he lashed out in his sleep. He had
already lost his partner as a result of the
condition, and used the drug because of
A Mawheraiti man who punched his
partner and threatened to “blow her brains
out ” was convicted and remanded on bail
for restorative justice and sentencing on
Joshua Leslie Rodgers, 23, admitted
assaulting a female and speaking
On January 23, Rodgers was out
drinking with friends and when he got
home at 3 o’clock the next morning he
was confronted by his partner, who was
worried about his whereabouts.
Rodgers grabbed the woman by the
throat and threatened to punch her. Later
he did punch her, and then threatened to
“ blow her brains out ”.
Both were still in a relationship, the
Hayden Keith Smith was convicted and
fined $1000 for fraud.
On May 11, 2011, Smith began to claim
unemployment benefit, agreeing to advise
the Ministry of Social Development of
any change in his circumstances.
On July 18 he began work for Fulton
Hogan, but failed to advice MSD of his
Smith claimed $3977 in benefits while
he was working.
MSD had since taken action to recover
the overpaid benefit, which Smith said he
had almost paid back.
A Kumara man who abused his
neighbour while he was drunk was
convicted and remanded to June 18
on a charge of threatening to injure, on
Allan James Minto, 57, got home from
the pub and began to abuse his neighbour.
He went inside his house but then came
out again and continued to abuse his
neighbour. He then went back inside and
deliberately turned up the music.
Police said Minto was very drunk when
they arrived, and had not been able to tell
them why he had behaved the way he
An import from Christchurch who
stole a fuel voucher, games console and
games from his family was convicted and
sentenced to 150 hours of community
work for two charges of theft and one of
Andrew Mark Biggart stole a
Playstation games console and some
games from a relative, whom he also
assaulted, and then stole a fuel voucher
from another family member.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said the
offending had occurred while Biggart was
on a sentence of supervision. However,
Biggart had been going through an
emotional time when the offences were
committed, as he had just lost a close
Biggart was currently on medication for
depression, and was also on the sickness
benefit. He had almost completed a
sentence of community work, given for
an earlier dishonesty-related offence.
Jordan Joseph Foster, 17, of Dobson,
was remanded for sentence on June 16 on
a charge of unlawful hunting.
Brendan Gary McMillan had his
case adjourned to June 16 to allow his
sentence of breach of community work to
Lexington Morris Thompson was
convicted and discharged for breaching
community work. He currently has five
hours of his sentence outstanding.
Wednesday March 11
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Grey Medical Centre
(Val). — A loved sister,
sister-in-law and aunty.
You will be sadly
missed by all. Thank
you for sharing the
many happy family
times that we have spent
laughs, many memories.
Rest In Peace.
Christine and John,
Megan and Sam, Brad
and Vicky and Hallie
Always in my heart
deepest thoughts are
with you, Ken and
family at the very sad
loss of your loving wife
Valmai. Dearly loved
sister and sister-in-law
of John and Suzy Currie,
aunty of David Currie
and Maria and children,
Andrew Currie and
Claire, Jason Currie and
We will miss your heel
tap on the dance floor.
Troy. — June 15, 1976
- March 11, 2005.
10 years ago on this
When God came and
took you away.
Though absent, you are
Still missed, loved and
Always in our thoughts
Forever in our hearts
Mum, Dad, Adam
and sister-in-law of Lyn
and Dave, loved aunty
of Lisa and Yordy,
Darren and Anna, and
Stephen and nephews.
Will sadly be missed by
us all. Be at peace Val.
The North Island
Genuine Care and
sister and sister-in-law
now at rest. Treasured
memories of many awe-
some family times. Your
heel clicking on the
dance floor will be
missed at our next
Currie clan gathering.
May you dance up in the
skies of Heaven with
mum and dad.
With fond memories and
Lyn and Dave Scott,
John and Suzy Currie,
Christine and John
Freeman, Gerard Currie,
Marchelle and Wayne
Shatford and Michael
Currie, along with the
nephews and great-
nieces and nephews.
Warwick Anthony JP.
Passed away at
Wesley Care, Christ-
church, surrounded by
his loving family on
March 8, 2015, after a
long battle with multiple
sclerosis. Dearly loved
husband of Jenny, loved
father and father-in-law
of Mark and Sara,
Nicola and Kathryn, and
grandad of Luke, Mia
and Sean. Loved son of
the late Bert and Edna
Hearne. Cherished and
special twin brother of
Lorraine, and dearly
loved nephew of Olive
Brosnan. Messages may
be addressed to the
family of the late
Hearne, C/- PO Box
8545. In lieu of flowers
Society of NZ (https://
/msnz) would be appre-
ciated, and may be
made at the service.
Warwick's life will be
held in the Nativity
Church, 76 Alfred
Street, Blenheim, on
Saturday March 14, at
11am. Lamb & Hayward
Ltd. FDANZ. Phone
(03) 359 9018.
BEIRNE, Val. —
Truly great friends are
hard to find,
Difficult to leave,
And impossible to
Rest in peace Val.
Jen and Lee, and Del
To try and put down
everything you did for
me would fill this whole
Thank you for being my
See you on the flip side.
All my love.
Mike and nieces
Danielle and Monique.
(Val). — Non-nite for-
ever to a loved sister,
sister-in-law and aunty.
Thank you for all the
special times we have
shared. A silent toast for
you at the next family
gathering so your legacy
will always be felt.
May you Rest In Peace.
Wayne, Nardene and
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-
stone. Recitation of the
Rosary will be at the
(Thursday) at 7pm.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
More cases of a cattle tick disease first
detected on the West Coast late last year
have been found.
Theileriosis is a blood-borne parasitic
disease that only affects cattle. It was
first confirmed in November in a Grey
Valley dairy herd.
The Ministry of Primary Industries
concluded then that the herd was either
infected by tick carriers on the West
Coast or as a result of contact with
infected cattle in Canterbury.
Dairy NZ technical policy manager
Nita Harding said yesterday a bigger
outbreak had not since emerged,
although there had been further isolated
These included a case near Karamea
and another case where the enlarged
spleens of cattle slaughtered from a
property near Greymouth were found to
“ What has happened is that MPI
have had a couple of suspicious cases of
theileriosis which don’t quite fit the case
definition,” Dr Harding said.
The origin of the later infection was
“questionable” given the stock had
originally come from the North Island,
where the disease was now fairly
widespread, and was subsequently
grazed in Nelson.
There had been no “confirmed reports”
from elsewhere on the West Coast
although the MPI and Dairy NZ were
keen to hear from farmers of any signs
in order to gauge spread of the disease.
General symptoms of theileriosis
in cattle included anaemia and low
Some of the suspicious West Coast
cases recently reported were of anaemic
animals which did not return a
‘c o nfirmed test ’ for the disease. However,
from the symptomatic evidence, the
veterinarians involved “thought it was
likely”, Dr Harding said.
The parasitic disease can be carried
by any tick on common animals but is
only transmitted between individual
cattle which solely develop theileriosis
More cattle tick disease
cases found on Coast
Principals and staff from Lake Brunner, Paparoa Range, Awahono, Grey
Main, Kaniere, Paroa, Blaketown and St Patrick’s schools gathered at
Greymouth High School last week to meet with representatives from the
Manaiakalani Outreach Programme, which helps schools to form a trust so
they can collaborate in helping provide students with their own computer
device, required by the Government under the new ‘Bring Your Own Device’
policy. The trust, set up by the schools, will buy a bulk load of the same
devices, which parents will pay $3.50 a week for. That will also cover the
warranty and insurance costs for the device. After three years the device will
then belong to the child.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Teachers meet outreach representatives
Fine for threatening
to put man ‘in a hole’
A Ruatapu man who refused a breath test
after scuffling with police, having driven his
car into a drain, was fined $1250 and banned
from driving for six months after he was
convicted in the Greymouth District Court
yesterday on a host of driving and resisting
Paul Percy Hurren, 42, was also charged
with careless driving and refusing to provide
a blood sample, on January 5. Hurren was
fined $1000 for refusing to provide a blood
sample, banned from driving for driving
carelessly, fined $250 for resisting arrest, and
ordered to pay reparation of $93.60 .
The court heard that Hurren was driving in
Ruatapu when his car veered on to the wrong
side of the road, crashing into a post box,
which was thrown 20m on impact. When
he tried to correct his driving he then hit a
number of rubbish bins. When he reversed
his car to see what damage he had done, he
ended up with his car stuck in a roadside
Police were called and tried to breath
test him but he refused, moving into the
passenger’s seat. When he refused to get out
of the car, he had to be pulled out by the fire
Once he had been removed he then
struggled violently with police while he was
At the Hokitika Police Station, Hurren
then refused to comply with either a breath
test or a blood test.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Hurren had
no recollection of the event.
Judge Raoul Neave said that Hurren’s
driving showed that he was clearly “affected
significantly by alcohol”.
Hurren was also remanded to April 17 on
charges of behaving threateningly and being
unlawfully in a building. He pleaded not
guilty to the charges.
Matthew Joshua Brown, 21,
of Hokitika, was convicted and
sentenced to 80 hours of community
work, banned from driving for six
months and fined $740 for excess
breath-alcohol of 689mg on January
17, and possession of cannabis,
cannabis pipes and spotting knives
on March 4.
He admitted all charges.
On January 17, Brown drove in Greymouth
and was stopped and breath-tested by police.
He told police he had drunk three or four
bourborns five hours earlier, and thought he
was okay to drive.
A search of Brown’s home by police on
March 4 uncovered spotting knives, cannabis
pipes, and 10g of the drug. Brown admitted
they all belonged to him.
A Hokitika man who repeatedly punched
a relative in the face on Christmas Day was
convicted and remanded to April 14 for
Dion James Ramsay, 22, was walking to a
party with a relative when the two argued.
Ramsay then wrestled the other man to the
ground and repeatedly punched him in the
face, leaving the victim with bruising and
swelling to his face. When questioned by
police, Ramsay said he had “just lost it” and
had hit the victim as hard as he could.
David Grant Sinclair, 25, of Hokitika, was
convicted and fined $500 for a breach of
Sinclair had been sentenced to 75 hours of
community work on October 19, 2013, for
a charge of assaulting a female. However,
only a month later he had failed to complete
his sentence, and had failed to report to
complete his sentence 21 times before finally
Man refuses breath test after scuffling with police
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