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2 - Friday, April 17, 2015
The Greymouth Star incorrectly
reported on Wednesday that Jack
Eskett was remanded on bail to May
19 to defend drugs charges. He is
actually charged with sustained loss
A parked car belonging to a
Cobden resident has been reported
vandalised in the past couple
of days. Senior constable Mike
Tinnelly, of Greymouth police, said
the car, parked outside a Monro
Street house, sustained extensive
damage some time between 9pm
on Wednesday and yesterday. The
car’s paintwork was scratched
with a key, light lenses on the rear
and front smashed, and panels on
the front of the vehicle kicked in.
Police had a number of potential
leads, he said.
Safety order issued
Westport police ser ved a safety
order on a man in his 20s after
a public outburst in a car park
in the town yesterday morning.
The domestic incident, outside a
store in the centre of Westport
at 8am, involved some “minor
pushing” from both parties, a police
spokesman said. There were no
injuries and no one was charged as
Banned driver caught
A 28-year-old Westport man
who had previously been forbidden
to drive had his car impounded
yesterday when he was caught
driving in the town. Police said the
man had been forbidden to drive
back in November and now faced a
charge of driving while forbidden,
He will appear in the Westport
District Court later this month.
Quad bike stolen
A quad bike thief has been at
work in Dobson in the past three
weeks. Police were yesterday
making inquiries after a drilling
contractor discovered that a locked
shed on Omapere Street had been
burgled and their 2010 Honda
Foreman 500cc quad bike was gone.
Senior constable Mike Tinnelly, of
Greymouth police, said the $8000
bike was stolen between March
23 and yesterday. He appealed for
eyewitness accounts of any suspicious
activity recently in Omapere Street
or information on the whereabouts
of the stolen bike.
Anthony William Hopkins, 26, of Cobden,
was remanded on bail to May 19 for restorative
justice to be considered on charges of assault
with intent to injure, trespass and wilful
In the Greymouth District Court, police
amended the assault charge from injuring with
intent to injure. Hopkins vacated his earlier
not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to all three
Lawyer Richard Bodle said that as the victims
and the defendant were related, the case
provided “very fertile ground” for all involved
to face each other in a controlled situation and
“clear the air”.
Judge Tony Couch said that given the
relationships involved, restorative justice should
A Blackball man was remanded on bail on
two drugs charges and three charges of driving
Michael James Bromby Robson was
remanded on bail to June 19 to defend charges
of possession of cannabis equipment and
cultivation of cannabis. He pleaded not guilty
to the charges.
On the driving while disqualified charges —
one of which involved a gutted vehicle with
no engine — Robson pleaded guilty, and was
remanded on bail to July 9 for sentence.
A Hokitika man who took part in an assault
which left the victim with bruises and a broken
rib had his hearing adjourned until July 6 due to
the unavailability of witnesses.
Nicholas James Cadigan, 29, was involved
in the assault of Richard Murray outside the
Kaniere Hotel on April 26 last year.
Police said the police officer who would be
giving evidence was unavailable, and the female
witness to the assault was at a funeral due to a
A fellow defendant, Adrian Charles Turner,
has already been sentenced on the assault,
however Cadigan, who was pleading not guilty,
has yet to have a hearing heard on the case. He
was remanded on bail.
Elton Wereta George Wilson, 20, of Hokitika,
was remanded on continued bail to July 6 after
his hearing to defend charges of entering a
building and possession of a cannabis pipe on
November 4 were adjourned.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley challenged the
validity of the police warrant. Police said
the officer who had prepared the warrant
was unavailable, and the warrant contained
information from a source, which could not be
heard in open court.
Meeting to ‘clear
the air’ over assault
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A man who paraded himself from
the roof of a central Greymouth shop
while he was drunk was convicted of
disorderly behaviour and being in a
building without a reasonable excuse
Casey Joseph Mahuika, 21, of
Greymouth, had been drinking at a local
hotel in the early hours of February 21,
and when the hotel closed he grappled
violently with a stranger outside, the
Greymouth District Court heard
Police were called, however Mahuika
managed to hide from them behind
some buildings, later appearing on the
roof of the Dick Smith store, in Mackay
Street, when he made a display of his
efforts and proceeded to shout abuse at
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Mahuika
accepted he had just been an “idiot ”.
However, earlier that day he had been
at a wedding where his sister had been
punched. That anger, mixed in with the
alcohol, was part of the reason he had
behaved the way he had, Mr Zintl said.
A Greymouth learner driver whose
driving antics produced a cloud of dust
was convicted of operating a vehicle
causing sustained loss of traction,
banned from driving for six months and
Troy Bennington was at the car park
at the Blaketown tiphead on February
27, when he proceeded to do three
360-degree burnouts in his car. The dust
produced by the burnouts attracted the
attention of police, who witnessed some
of the driving themselves.
When questioned by police,
Bennington said he had been egged on
by his passengers.
Robyn Jane Gregg, 43, of Ngahere, was
remanded on bail to May 1 for a date
to be set for a hearing for her to defend
charges of breaching a protection order
on December 2. A hearing had been
due to take place on Monday, however
at the last minute Gregg had been set to
change that plea to guilty, but she was
now maintaining her not guilty plea.
Dion James Ramsay was ordered to
make a $500 emotional harm repayment
after he was convicted of injuring with
intent to injure.
Judge Couch said blows were taken and
given between Ramsay and a relative,
but Ramsay had gone too far.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Ramsay
had been provoked, but accepted it was
Aaron Mark Hart-Thomson, of
Dunganville, was ordered to pay $200
and discharged without conviction for
hunting a red deer without authority, on
Paul Percy Hurren, 42, of Ruatapu, was
remanded on bail to May 19 for careless
driving on February 19, and being
unlawfully in a building and behaving
Caragh Diane Kennedy, 18, of
Christchurch, was convicted of excess
breath-alcohol, banned from driving for
three months and fined $350.
On March 14, Kennedy was driving
in Hokitika when she was stopped by
police and blew 362mg on a breath
test; there is a zero tolerance for drivers
A 19-year-old Reefton man who threatened
to stab himself, a relative and the police was
sentenced in the Greymouth District Court
to nine months’ super vision, 200 hours of
community work and was ordered to pay
reparation of $500.
Matthew Kenneth Lintott, 19, was convicted
on charges of of assaulting a female, threatening
to kill and intentional damage.
He was at home on December 13 when he
got into an argument with the victim, who
had arrived at home drunk. He abused her, and
when she ignored him he picked up a kitchen
knife and brandished it at her.
Lintott then threw the knife against the wall,
punched the victim, and when she tried to call
for help he smashed her cellphone, and then
pulled the landline phone out of the socket. He
then told her that he would slit her throat, his
wrists and stab any police officers if she called
There had been a seven-year build up of
events around Lintott and the victim, which
had included losing a relative in the Pike River
Mine disaster, the court heard.
Lintott had also moved into the property
the day before the argument had occurred,
when relations between the two had begun to
Judge Tony Couch said the gravity of the
offending was “well up the scale,” given that
Lintott had the “ immediate ability to carry
out the threat ”, given that he had a knife in his
hand. The judge noted that Lintott had also
shown “no remorse” for his crimes.
The usual starting point for such offending
would be prison, however given that the
defendant had no previous criminal history the
judge felt that such a sentence would not be in
the best interests of Lintott, or society.
In passing sentence the judge said that $300
of the compensation Lintott was ordered to
pay would be in the form of an emotional harm
repayment to his victim.
Reparation order after threat
Two French tourists whose hired
camper van was struck by a landslide on
March 6 never heard back from Wicked
Campers about why the pair were charged
more than $2500 after the incident.
Mathieu Bekkai, 29, and Laetitia
Lambert, 28, both of Normandy, were
travelling in their hired camper through
the Lower Buller Gorge, when it got
stuck on a log.
Mr Bekkai left the vehicle to try to
remove the log when the slip fell across
the road, hitting him and the camper. He
sustained minor injuries.
The camper was not fit for driving after
the slip, and Mr Bekkai and Ms Lambert
have since travelled to Perth.
Mr Bekkai said Wicked Campers’
owner John Webb had not responded
to any of his e-mails, asking why he was
unfairly charged a $2000 excess.
— Westport News
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