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Vodafone off line
West Coast users of the Vodafone
network were experiencing
difficulties this morning. Efforts
by the Greymouth Star to contact
West Coast police stations and
individual cellphones on the
staff network were unsuccessful,
with the Tasman police district
headquarters in Nelson confirming
problems were ongoing all morning.
Vodafone confirmed that a
“technical fault” was affecting phone
and text ser vices. Spokeswoman
Fleur McFarland said that some
network users were experiencing
“ intermittent difficulties” when
trying call or text. “ Data ser vices
for some customers in parts of the
South Island may have also been
affected but are now restored.”
Vodafone engineers were trying to
resolve the fault as a high priority,
Ms McFarland said.
Greymouth police dogs and their
handlers were called to Cobden at
8.20pm yesterday following a report
of a man loitering at a Baillie Place
property. Police said the resident of
the house spotted the man outside
but he promptly ran off when called.
As it was dark, the resident was
unable to identify the intruder and
the dogs were unable to track the
A woman walking with a child in
a pram near the Cowper-Brunner
streets junction yesterday had a
close call from a flying missile
hurled between passing vehicles.
Greymouth senior constable Mike
Tinnelly said that the woman was
walking along at 4.10pm when two
cars “shot past ”. An occupant in
one of the cars threw a glass bowl
at the other car, narrowly missing
the pedestrian. Police were seeking
further witnesses, but were on the
hunt today for a white Mitsubishi
Legnum stationwagon and another
dark coloured car.
Rain developing early
A bungling burglar has been
caught by police after turning up to
an inter view with officers wearing
the same pair of Croc shoes he
used while committing his crimes.
Roland Huntington Grace, 21, from
Fairbanks, Alaska, was quizzed by
police after a spate of thefts from
a local mall, with several tipsters
naming him as the potential suspect.
When cops brought him in for
questioning, they noticed he was
wearing Crocs similar to those worn
in CCTV footage of the crimes,
and later matched them to two
footprints he left at the scene.
A proposal to use Grey District
Council funds for a new health
clinic at Moana was described
this week as “subsidising a failure
by the Government to provide a
The council agreed to formally
consult the Haupiri, Arnold
Valley, Lake Brunner and Hohonu
communities to draw on their
infrastructure fund to build the
new $270,000 centre.
The proposal would see $192,734
come from those four areas —
Haupiri $51,724, Arnold Valley
$40,777, Lake Brunner $81,524
and Hohonu $18,709. The council
was told the West Coast District
Health Board did not have the
funding to build a new centre.
The Lake Brunner District
Health Joint Committee requested
that infrastructure funds be used
instead. The health centre would
then be owned by the DHB and
the land leased off the council at a
peppercorn rental. The committee
is not incorporated, meaning it
cannot legally raise funds for the
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn, and Crs
Kevin Brown and Anton Becker
all declared interests at the council
meeting this week.
Cr Cliff Sandrey said the council
was “subsidising a failure by the
Government to provide a service”.
Cr Doug Truman acknowledged
it was unfortunate the Government
could not fund the project as it was
not an issue for local government.
“On the face of it, it seems sad
that we have to go down this path,”
Cr Truman said.
Cr Peter Haddock noted that
Moana did not have a water supply,
something else the infrastructure
fund could be put towards.
Cr Murray Hay asked how the
shortfall would be met if the local
committee could not raise money.
Chief executive Paul Pretorius
said the nearby Gloriavale
Christian Community had offered
to do some work, and other ‘in
kind’ work would help trim costs.
“If the costs come out higher, we
have to go back to that community,”
Mr Pretorius said.
Once built, the West Coast
DHB would take care of the
maintenance of the new centre.
“There will be no liability on
ourselves,” Cr Truman said, noting
it was now over to the community
“No doubt there will be feedback
from the community.”
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Croquet pavilion hoisted to new home
A Kumara Junction man who viciously
assaulted a relative, and then tried to bite,
racially abused and spat at police was yesterday
sent to jail for one year and three months.
Cody Allyn Robinson, 28, was sentenced
in the Greymouth District Court on charges
of assault with a weapon, assaulting police,
intentionally damaging his relative’s car and
On February 6, Robinson got into an argument
with a relative over him doing ‘burnouts’ on the
driveway of the house where Robinson lived
with his parents, who were away at the time.
Robinson told the eight-year-old daughter of
his relative that the girl’s father was a “faggoty
homo” and that if he called the police he would
“ bash him”.
Upon hearing this, the relative, who lived
a couple of hundred metres away, drove over
to Robinson’s house to verbally confront him.
Robinson responded by repeatedly bashing him
over the head with an empty bottle, leaving him
covered in blood and with cuts and swelling to
the back of his head.
After police were called, Robinson told
them to “f..k off ” and resisted arrest. After
headbutting the back window of the police car
he was bundled into the car, where he tried to
bite one of the officers and tried to spit at him.
Further problems emerged on September 2,
when the car in which Robinson was travelling
was stopped by police. D uring sentencing
yesterday, Judge Tony Couch said that while
police were trying to speak to the driver, he
became abusive, approaching the police officers
with clenched fists, threatening one, racially
abusing another and spitting at them.
Lawyer Richard Bodle urged the judge to
delay sentencing. Despite having made two
previous unsuccessful attempts to find an
address suitable for home detention, Robinson’s
lawyer asked if two new addresses could be
assessed by Community Corrections.
However, Judge Couch refused: “ There must
come an end to the process, and the end is
Mr Bodle said Robinson accepted that by not
finding a suitable home detention address, “he
may have painted himself into a corner”.
The judge said he considered the assault
with a “hard and reasonably weighty” weapon
as the lead charge, and that the “gravity of the
offending was way up the scale”. He also gave
“significant weight ” to Robinson’s criminal
history, which encompassed eight offences of
assault, and one of assault with intent to injure
In total, Robinson was sentenced to 12 months
for the assault with a weapon charge, with an
extra three months for the other charges.
Judge Couch said he could not consider home
detention as no suitable address was available.
However, Robinson would be given leave to
apply for a substitution of his prison sentence
in the future.
Man jailed for vicious assault on relative
A Ngahere man who almost strangled
his mother after earlier assaulting his wife
was this week sentenced to 11 months in
Warrick David Jacobs, 34, was convicted
in the Greymouth District Court of
assault, contravening a protection order
and illegal possession of a firearm, and
assaulting a female and assault with
intent to injure.
Towards the end of last year Jacobs got
into an argument with his wife. He threw
a pillow at her, and then pretended to
throw a television at her. He pushed her
in the chest before taking hold of a .303
rifle and ammunition, for which he did
not have a licence.
Jacobs was subsequently remanded on
bail to his mother’s address. However, the
two ended up arguing about a vehicle.
Jacobs grabbed his mother by the throat
and pushed her up against a window,
strangling her so she was unable to catch
Despite her gasping for him to let go he
refused to yield.
When he eventually released his grip
Jacobs pushed his mother to the floor
and hit her.
Judge Tony Couch said Jacobs had a
“very disconcerting history for violence”,
with 11 assault-related convictions.
What was “significant ” about the attack
on his mother was that he punched her
when she was “particularly vulnerable”,
having just tried to strangle her.
Judge Couch said that although Jacobs
had admitted the charges, the pleas came
only on the day he had been set to defend
the charges at a hearing.
He sentenced Jacobs to nine months
on the assault with intent charge,
with a nine-month sentence for the
assaulting female charge to run
concurrently, and an extra two months
cumulatively for the breach of a
Jacobs was given an extra one month
each on the other charges to run
However, given the fact that Jacobs
had been in custody since December 13,
the judge said that time ser ved would
be taken into consideration, meaning
he would probably be eligible for release
Ngahere man assaults wife, mother
Greymouth Makura Croquet Club members watch as their club pavilion is moved this morning. After a few creaks, the 103-year-old building was lifted up and
moved to its new position, just metres away. The move was delayed from yesterday after an issue with the crane. The pavilion has been moved to create car parks
for the Westland Recreation Centre which is currently being built alongside the aquatic centre. The pavilion will now be hooked up to power for the first time in
its history and members are keen to give it a fresh coat of paint as well.
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