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A man who threatened his former
partner out of “frustration” was sentenced
in the Greymouth District Court to
six months’ super vision and 150 hours
of community work for breaching a
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said that Nigel
Basil McFarlane had threatened his
former partner after the woman said that
the unsuper vised contact McFarlane had
with his children had to be super vised.
“It was out of frustration that he said
the words that he did, there was no
genuine intent to carry out the threats,”
Mr Zintl said.
He asked Judge Jane Farish to consider
a sentence of community work and
Judge Farish said “all breaches of
protection orders are taken seriously”.
However, she noted that McFarlane
was not in the habit of threatening his
“In the past, the threats have been
in relation to yourself, you are really
struggling in relation to the break-up of
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Mother and daughter Linda Gray, centre, and Tyne Gray, discuss wedding bouquets with Flair
with Flowers owner Sheryl Griffin, at the West Coast Wedding Show, held at Shantytown at the
weekend. The show included stalls featuring wedding dresses and fashion, wedding catering and
flowers, and a fashion show.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Wedding show held at Shantytown
A woman now living in Whataroa
who sold more than $4000 of
furniture she did not own was
was sentenced to 250 hours of
community work and ordered to pay
reparation after she was convicted in
the Greymouth District Court on
Friday of theft and deception.
In April, Nikayla Grace Gleeson,
21, entered into a rent to buy
agreement for bunk beds. However,
after paying only a small deposit she
then sold the beds, valued at $666,
In June, while living in a fully
furnished flat in Dunedin, Gleeson
advertised one of the property’s
couches for sale on Trade Me, then
sold the fridge, freezer, outdoor
furniture and other items when the
person came to look at the sofa. The
total value of the property sold was
Gleeson also took a plasma
television, which she claimed she
had decided at the last minute to
leave behind, although it had not
been recovered by police.
Judge Jane Farish said an
electronically monitored sentence
was not possible, given where
She also said that the request for
reparation of $2317 from the finance
company from which Gleeson had
rented the beds, was an “absolutely
astronomical amount ”, and she
refused the request.
Judge Farish said Gleeson was a
young mother, who with “that sort
of responsibility had been doing
reasonably all right before this
The judge agreed that the offending
had been due to “need rather than
greed”, however it had been short-
sighted of her to rent the beds
“subject to finance — that shows you
how much extra you were paying,
you may have been able to get them
second hand for an awful lot less.”
However, Judge Farish also
described Gleeson’s offending in
Dunedin as “sinister”, as the people
who rented the property had trusted
her and were “absolutely devastated”
when it had been emptied of its
The judge said Gleeson did not
need dishonesty convictions against
her name as they would be “an
impediment ” to her in the future.
The judge agreed to knock 100
hours of community work off the
initial sentence of 300 hours for her
early guilty plea.
The first stage of a new Tatare walk
and cycle trail was opened on Saturday
at Franz Josef Glacier.
The 2.4km route was first mooted
in 2012 by the Glacier Country
Mountainbike Club for both recreation
and safety. Work started earlier this
month with the support of community
and Department of Conser vation
volunteers gravelling a portion near the
Tatare River, north of the village.
DOC partnerships ranger Jo Mead
said the three-stage project would
eventually provide a safer link from
the Stoney Creek area to the Franz
PICTURE: Helen Lash
Ready to ride the new Tatare-Franz Josef cycleway after the ribbon cutting on Saturday.
First stage of new Franz Josef cycle trail opened
Two abatement notices were the only
enforcement action brought by the West Coast
Regional Council last month, out of 31 site
visits made by its compliance and consents
A report to the West Coast Regional Council
meeting from consents and compliance manager
Jackie Adams said 20 sites visited were found to
be compliant, and 11 were not.
The two abatement notices were issued because
of the discharge of sediment from goldmining
into creeks at Kapitea and Waimea. In both cases
compliance flights had spotted the discharge of
Mr Adams said both sites had been investigated
and the mine operators were required to undertake
remedial action. Enforcement action was also
pending against both mine operators.
A complaint about the discharge of smoke from
an outside fire resulted in the person who lit the
fire being asked to put it out.
The council’s 12-month review also showed that
in the past year 276 incidents had been responded
to by the regional council’s compliance team, which
had issued 54 abatement notices, 65 infringement
notices and 50 formal warnings.
Only two abatements issued by
regional council last month
Greymouth Lions turned out in force at youth group The Shed on Saturday to pour a concrete pad for an
outside chess board and four-square court. With so many people helping, it was all done in just over two
Lions lend a helping hand
A Hokitika man who moved a car a
few metres away from a give-way sign
was warned in the Greymouth District
Court “not to blow it” in regard to
addressing his alcohol addiction.
Richard John Mann, 36, admitted
drink-driving and obstructing police.
On October 26, Mann was sentenced
for his third offence of excess breath-
alcohol, in Christchurch. On January
17 Mann’s car was parked on a grass
verge in Hokitika, when he got in,
reversed it and then drove for ward, just
as a police car was passing.
When he was stopped by police he
provided a positive result for alcohol
on a roadside breath test. However,
back at the Hokitika Police Station,
Mann pulled a phone line out of the
wall with his feet, switching off a police
computer. He also refused on numerous
occasions to provide a specimen of
blood for police.
He had four previous convictions for
excess breath-alcohol since 2007.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said the drink-
driving offence fell short of a full blown
excess breath-alcohol offence as Mann
was shifting the car, “ironically, to make
it safe”, as it was parked too close to a
Mr Bodle said it also looked as though
the police officer had “staked him out ”,
being parked just down the road from
where Mann had parked his car.
Mr Bodle also said Mann had not
deliberately pulled the phone cord out
of the socket at the police station, and
police had been unable to take a blood
specimen from him due to his previous
drug use. Mann was now trying to get
help from an organisation trying to
address his alcohol addiction.
Judge Jane Farish
recommendation from the pre-sentence
report was for Mann to be jailed.
However, she accepted the explanation
of why Mann had moved his car,
although she said that it was still a
“foolish decision to make”.
If he had left the car where it was,
“you might have got a ticket, but
you wouldn’t be facing a sentence of
Judge Farish noted that Mann
seemed to be “quite engaged ” with his
“ I will not sentence you to jail. You
appreciate that if you are to drink and
drive you would be going to jail.”
Mann was sentenced to four months
of home detention and banned from
driving for 12 months, backdated
to June, when Mann was originally
banned. On the charge of obstructing
police, he was convicted and discharged.
Judge Farish said Mann had made
some “really good steps, now don’t blow
Drink-driver moves car to safety
Thomas Francis Gillee O’Brien has had
his sentencing delayed on nine charges
of using a document for pecuniary gain
and two charges of possessing drug
utensils, in order for his suitability for a
community sentence to be assessed.
Lawyer George Linder asked on
Friday in the Greymouth District Court
for O’Brien’s sentencing to be delayed
so his address could be assessed for
its suitability for a community-based
Judge Jane Farish said that unless
O’Brien got into a rehabilitation
programme “he is looking at going to
“ Unless he gets his addiction sorted
out he is at high risk of reoffending,
that ’s what we need to treat,” Judge
As O’Brien was compliant with his
current sentence, she was prepared to
give him more time but also issued a
warning to him: “I hope I am not setting
you up to fail here for giving you a lengthy
remand. If you are in denial about trying
to sort out your drug addiction problem,
it is very likely you will reoffend, then
you would be signing your own warrant
in regard to a custodial sentence.”
O’Brien was remanded until November
3 for sentencing.
A Cobden man “on the cusp of going
to jail” was remanded to September
10 for sentence on charges of breach
of bail, assaulting a female, common
assault, a third offence of driving while
disqualified, theft of a motor vehicle and
Kyle Ashman, 26, will also be
defending a charge of common assault.
Judge Jane Farish warned Ashman not
to reoffend before then — “you are right
on the cusp of going to jail”.
Man offered chance to get drug problem addressed
A Hokitika man who acted as a
lookout for his associates to burgle
a house was sentenced to three
months of community detention on
Friday after he was convicted in the
Greymouth District Court.
Tyran Dixon was also sentenced
to 80 hours of community work
and ordered to pay reparation of
In 2013, the victims of the burglary
moved their belongings into a
garage due to a house fire. Between
October 28 and November 4 that
year they noticed that the garage
had been entered and a number of
their belongings had been stolen.
On September 16 last year Dixon’s
fingerprints, which had been
entered on the police database after
he was arrested for another offence,
matched those found on louvre
windows at the garage.
Dixon was also sentenced on
Friday to charges of threatening
behaviour, driving while forbidden,
two breaches of bail and intentional
Lawyer Richard Bodle said that
but for the burglary charge, Dixon
had been a “model citizen”.
The threatening behaviour charge
related to comments made by
Dixon to someone from whom he
had bought a chainsaw that then
failed to start.
Dixon had also picked off the seal
around a window with a plastic
knife when he was bored.
Judge Jane Farish said that
burglary was a “very serious
“People who burgle other
people’s houses, particularly on a
regular basis, they go to jail ... the
maximum sentence in prison is 10
Dixon would have to disclose
such dishonesty offending when he
applied for a job, which would not
help his chances.
“ You may have matured ...
however, it takes long time for
young men to think through
consequences of their actions. You
might need some assistance in that
regard,” the judge told him.
Burglary lookout gets community detention
A man now living in Hokitika who
committed offences of disorderly
behaviour, breach of community
work and a third charge of driving
while disqualified while he was
“out of control” was sentenced on
Friday in the Greymouth District
Lawyer George Linder said Lee
Paul Fraser, 24, had made a “big
offences while he was “out of
control” and living in Christchurch.
He was sentenced to six months’
super vision and 200 hours of
Mr Linder said Fraser was now
in full-time employment and was
regularly drug tested, tests which
if he failed would mean he was
instantly dismissed from his job.
Judge Jane Farish agreed that
while Fraser had been offending
he had had a “chaotic” life, “using
too much synthetic cannabis and
drinking too much” and not having
enough “stability and security in
relation to living circumstances”.
Now he had a good job that
provided a reasonable income,
something which was quite
“protective” for Fraser.
The judge also said that given
Fraser’s “pretty rough upbringing,
you are doing reasonably well given
However, she recommended
the sentence of supervision to
help Fraser “think through the
consequences of (his) actions”.
Judge Farish also agreed to wipe
all of Fraser’s learner driver fines, as
well as fines he had accrued while
riding his bike when he had been
disqualified from driving, provided
that he gained his restricted licence.
On those terms, she also agreed not
to ban Fraser form driving on the
driving while disqualified charge.
The community work was
imposed for the disorderly
behaviour charge, while Fraser was
convicted and discharged on the
breach of community work.
sentence to help man think
An “inadvertent ” administrative error
by the New Zealand Transport Agency
led to it missing out $100,000 of funding
for tackling speed and fatigue on West
A report to the West Coast Regional
Council meeting this week from regional
planner Nichola Costley said it was
seeking an amendment to the regional
land transport programme, which would
detail road improvement projects for the
next few years.
The amendment was the inclusion of
$60,000 of funding for tackling speed,
and $40,000 to tackling the issue of
fatigue on the region’s State highways.
The report said that when the NZTA
put for ward that State highway
programme, the road safety activities
were “inadvertently missed in the
administrative process of ticking the
Once the amendments have been
approved, they will be included in the
programme, the report said
out on Coast
Another West Coast mining company
has said it may have an interest in
purchasing some Solid Energy assets.
Heaphy Coal Mine manager Neal
Clementson said today they might look
at buying some of the assets further down
the track. “Once the sell-down values
come out we’d be interested in some
assets,” Mr Clementson said.
His company had worked through the
domestic market and was not affected
by international prices, but by energy
He said the situation with Solid Energy
was unfortunate “but it wasn’t unforeseen”.
The outcome announced last week was
the best possible for the workers.
“I’m confident it will be business as
usual for the next five weeks. As long
as the creditors are happy with the plan
they should be able to move forward,” Mr
interest in Solid
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