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Mum decries fatal
The mother of dead Mosgiel siblings Shannon
and Danielle Kiriau has slammed the jail term
handed to the pair’s killer.
Cameron Charles Presland, 21, was jailed by
Justice Cameron Mander for four years and
nine months for the manslaughter of Shannon,
22, and Danielle, 17, when he appeared in the
High Court at Dunedin yesterday.
Learner driver Presland had been drinking
before getting behind the wheel of his illegally-
modified, unwarranted and unregistered 1996
Honda Integra early on May 18 last year.
The car was travelling between 142kph
and 163kph when Presland lost control on a
moderate right-hand bend on the Southern
Front-seat passenger Shannon was killed
when the car slammed into a metal light pole.
Two other passengers, Danielle and Courtney
Donald, 18, were thrown from the vehicle as it
spun out of control.
Danielle died at the scene, while Miss Donald
was taken to D unedin Hospital in a critical
condition. The car’s other passenger, Caitlin
Adams, sustained fractures to both hands,
concussion and bruising.
Shannon and Danielle’s mother, Beverley
de’Blecourt, said the sentence was “not adequate
“ We weren’t very happy about it, but that ’s the
law,” she said.
Justice Mander took a starting point of seven
years’ jail, before reaching his final sentence
after allowing for Presland’s youth, his remorse
and early guilty plea.
“They took this many months off for that,
and this off for that, and what ’s the point?” she
asked. “ It should be a flat seven years.
“ We don’t get months off for anything do we?
We have got to live with it for the rest of our lives.”
In her victim impact statement, read to
the court by constable Amy Stewart, Mrs
de’Blecourt called for young drivers — and
passengers — to wear their seatbelts at all times
and “drive safely”.
“Don’t show off while you’re driving,” her
After Presland’s sentencing, Mrs de’Blecourt
said she felt her plea was hopeless as young
drivers “ won’t listen”.
“They are still going to do it,” she said.
“They don’t care about the consequences until
something bad happens. ”
Miss Donald, who remained in intensive care
for a month after the crash, said in her victim
impact statement that she hated Presland for
“I don’t remember the crash; I don’t want to
remember it,” she said.
“I hate Cameron. He has ruined my whole life.
“He killed my best friend, Danielle, and
Shannon, who was like a brother to me.”
She suffered injuries described by her
orthopaedic surgeon as some of the worst he
Few of her bones were not broken, her parents
Tania and Bruce Donald said in their victim
After the crash, Ms Donald needed her
pelvis reconnected to her spine, her left hip
reconstructed, her right hip bolted and lost part
of her tongue. She under went 16 operations
during hours of surgery for her injuries.
She had to learn again walking, talking,
toileting and moving her limbs since returning
home in November last year.
“It’s the hardest thing watching your daughter
fight and suffer every day,” the statement said.
“Cameron has never shown any remorse,
taken no responsibility and has never tried to
Mrs Donald gave up her job because of the
time spent aiding Miss Donald’s recovery and
Mr Donald had lost clients. The family earned
significantly less after the crash.
Justice Mander had little sympathy for
Presland, saying the defendant ’s attempt to
divert blame on to the vehicle was “startling”
and did him no credit.
He was accompanied to court by several
supporters, who became confrontational with
members of the media outside the court.
The group hurled obscenities and became
involved in a fracas with a television cameraman.
— Otago Daily Times
The owners of a brand new never-been-
lived-in house in Auckland’s Flat Bush,
who bought it less than three weeks ago,
have passed on an offer $30,000 higher
than they paid.
One, of the two bidders, at yesterday ’s
auction made a final bid of $1.17 million
that was passed in for not meeting the
Negotiations were set to continue
outside of the auction.
The sellers of the property had
themselves bought the six-bedroom
property for $1.14m in mid-May.
Construction of the Flat Bush School
Road property, which came with double-
glazed windows, underfloor bathroom
heating, an intercom door camera and
central vacuum system, had just been
completed in March, before it was listed
for sale on April 15.
It also boasted a spacious foyer, a
generous open plan living area and
kitchen, two ensuites, two bathrooms
and space for six cars to park.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
for 48 hours
An Auckland dairy owner’s
wife watched in horror as her
husband bled to death on the
floor of the shop they had owned
for five years.
The knife wound, which
severed Arun Kumar’s jugular
vein and was so deep that it left
an imprint on his vertebrae, was
allegedly inflicted by a 14-year-
old boy during a robbery almost
a year ago.
He is on trial in the High
Court at Auckland charged
with murder, while his 13-year-
old co-accused faces a charge of
manslaughter after the incident
in Henderson’s Railside Dairy.
The pair, who have name
suppression, also face counts of
assault with intent to rob.
Snelgar described the sequence
of events before playing CCTV
footage of the incident. Members
of the Kumar family wept in the
public gallery while the graphic
images were played from two
coloured in a sketch book and
his co-accused sat with his head
down as the video was shown to
The pair awoke early on June 10
and Mr Snelgar said it was the
younger boy ’s idea to commit the
“(He) suggested the Railside
Dairy was easy to rob, that
the two people in the shop
were easy targets, targets who
wouldn’t put up resistance,” he
He allegedly devised a plan that
the older boy, armed with a knife,
would demand the money while
he stood guard in the door way
with a metal pole.
Mr Snelgar said the 14-year-
old went in and out of the shop
a couple of times — “scoping out
the dairy” — before the incident
At 7.24am, the older teen went
in and demanded money from
Mr Kumar, who called for his
“At this point (the defendant)
hit the phone out of her hand
and produced a knife, holding it
high above his head,” Mr Snelgar
While Mrs Kumar wrestled the
pole from the boy by the door, his
co-accused was pictured pursuing
Mr Kumar as he retreated behind
The Crown said he grabbed
a small metal pipe to defend
himself, but it was not enough.
Mr Snelgar told the court
the shopkeeper sustained stab
wounds just below his ribs, below
the left shoulder and, critically,
one to the neck.
Video footage showed the
boys flee, briefly pursued by the
But within a couple of steps
he reached for his neck and fell
to the ground, leaving a bloody
handprint on the counter.
Mr Snelgar said the boys ran
the short distance home and
the murder accused showered
and changed his bloodstained
after wards and arrested the boys.
The prosecutor said the footage
would be key evidence as would
testimony by a 13-year-old who
followed the defendants to the
shop that morning.
Mrs Kumar will give evidence
today after the defence open
their respective cases.
The trial in the High Court at
Auckland before Justice Graham
Lang and a jury of six women
and six men is scheduled to last
about a month. — NZ ME
Slaying footage shown in court
Taxpayers will stump up $30,000 to
put in a set of double doors to separate
opposing MPs in Parliament, it has been
Parliamentary Ser vice said this
morning that the cost reflected the fact
the new doors had to be in keeping
with the heritage features of Parliament
Labour and National Party MPs have
offices near each other on Parliament ’s
National MP Judith Collins started
a war of words between the parties
yesterday, tweeting that it was sad that
Labour had insisted on the measure that
she had been told would cost $50,000.
Labour’s chief whip, Chris Hipkins,
fired back, pointing the finger at National
for proposing the doors be put in.
Ms Collins said the installation of the
doors was petty and unnecessary.
“ We have been told that our previous
arrangement that Annette King and I
arranged when we came into Parliament
after this last election — that we could
walk down each other’s corridors to use
the lift and loo and kitchen — is no
longer to be in place. And, as of next
week, there will be these very expensive,
lovely kauri doors put in to keep us from
them, and them from us.”
National’s chief whip, Tim Macindoe,
had told her and other affected National
MPs that Labour had asked that the
doors be put up.
Ms Collins said the doors would be
controlled by swipe card, allowing press
gallery members and others to pass
through, but not MPs.
Mr Hipkins said Labour had simply
accepted a proposal by National MP
Gerry Brownlee after the election.
“ Basically they wanted to take a bunch
of offices off us . . . which we reluctantly
agreed to. ”
Mr Macindoe said he had been told
yesterday by Mr Hipkins about the
earlier proposal by Mr Brownlee, but
he only became aware of the situation
earlier this year when he was asked if
National wanted the doors.
“ I immediately canvassed National
MPs on that floor who all agreed it
wasn’t needed, but we were subsequently
advised that Labour MPs wanted it so it
would be installed.
“ To my recollection, at no stage did
anyone mention to me what it would
cost.” — NZME-New Zealand Herald
The sentencing of a Waikato woman who
spent $312,000 of her former employer’s money
paying off her bills and her wedding has been
Jennifer Ann Taylor, 43, former general
manager at the New Zealand Jersey Cattle
Breeders’ Association, was due to be sentenced
in the Hamilton District Court yesterday
after earlier pleading guilty to charges of false
accounting, seven charges of theft by a person
in a special relationship and 14 charges of
dishonestly using a document.
However, her lawyer, Lyn Walkington, asked
Judge Simon Menzies for the adjournment
as a property her client was selling had gone
conditional on Monday night.
Mrs Walkington said settlement date had
been pencilled in for August 14. Taylor had also
received a second offer on the property.
Judge Menzies agreed, despite opposition
from the Crown and victims, and said the
reparation would have an impact on Taylor’s
She was remanded to reappear on August 19.
Taylor’s misappropriation of funds went back
to when the not-for-profit association first
began keeping bank records seven years ago.
The Cambridge woman’s offending included
writing cheques from the association’s account
for her wedding catering and home renovations,
and racking up thousands of dollars’ on the
organisation’s credit card. Taylor also paid
dental bills and school and sporting fees.
She was dismissed from her job last year. At
the time, Taylor — who had worked there since
1993 — was earning $91,000 a year and had a
The former administration manager, promoted
to general manager in 2008, was a trusted
employee who had virtual autonomy in running
the business. — N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Fraudster’s sentencing adjourned
Man who shot at police named
A man who shot at a police car outside a
west Auckland hospital said he needed to see
doctors because he was worried all his organs
Corrie Schuster, 28, appeared in the High
Court at Auckland this morning where he
pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, careless
use of a firearm and possession of four shotgun
The defendant had name suppression since his
first appearance because of his fragile mental
state, but today he was ruled fit to plead and
his lawyer Ron Mansfield did not advance an
argument to continue suppression.
The Crown withdrew counts of attempted
murder, kidnapping, threatening to kill and four
Two west Auckland-based police officers were
at Waitakere Hospital in Henderson dealing
with an unrelated matter in October last year
when the gunman pulled up in the ambulance
bay at the emergency department.
Schuster got out of the car brandishing the
“The defendant has walked around the (empty)
police patrol vehicle and fired three shots into it
from different angles,” court documents said.
“These shots have shattered the front passenger
window, sprayed the vehicle exterior with dents
and holes, and caused a large hole in the metal
Members of the public in a nearby waiting
room were in direct line of any stray pellets, the
summary of facts said.
Two constables left the hospital and saw what
“ While one constable spoke to him, the other
went to the police car and retrieved a firearm,”
Detective Inspector Bruce Scott said then.
“He was then arrested at gunpoint as he tried
to drive away. They (the constables) were hugely
brave. They made sure that nobody was injured
or killed as a result of their brave actions. ”
Schuster first came to police attention that
afternoon when he went to a Glenfield property
and fired two shots inside, from which the
aggravated burglary charge stemmed.
After firing rounds into the television and
the wall, he threatened the occupants with the
shotgun and bizarrely asked a female resident,
who was in bed at the time, to Google “PHD
and world population”.
Schuster eventually left for the hospital in her
While medical professionals had agreed the
defendant was now fit to plead, Mr Mansfield
said his client ’s mental health was “particularly
poor at the time”.
The defendant explained to officers that he
“ was paranoid, being spied on and that he
needed to see a doctor as all of his organs were
He will be sentenced in August and was given
a first-strike warning this morning. — N ZM E
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