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Emergency ser vices called to
a crash off State highway 6 at
Meybille Bay, on the Coast Road,
late yesterday morning arrived to
find the occupants gone. Westport
Volunteer Fire Brigade chief Alan
Kennedy said the brigade got the
call to the crash site, about 10km
north of Punakaiki, about 11.30am.
The brigade found a Toyota Surf
down a bank, about 3m below the
road. “ When we finally found it, we
couldn’t find anyone,” Mr Kennedy
said. The engine was still warm but
there was little evidence that anyone
might have been injured in the crash.
The call took the brigade away from
Westport for about two hours, and
ambulance and rescue helicopter
services also attended, he said.
on TPP deal
Westland Milk Products today
declined to comment on the
outcome of the Trans-Pacific Pact
trade negotiations, which were
settled early this morning. Instead
it said it was referring all media
inquiries about the outcome to
the Dairy Companies Association
of New Zealand. The deal relates
to areas of trade affecting New
Zealand, including crucial access
for dairy exports. Specific details
have yet to emerge but it is known
some tariffs on dairy exports will
remain in place despite efforts to
gain greater access for New Zealand
dairy exports to countries such as
Canada, which says it will open
just 3.25% of its market to overseas
More details, p3.
A homeless woman lay dead at a
Hong Kong McDonald’s restaurant
for hours surrounded by diners who
failed to notice her, sparking concern
over the city ’s ‘McRefugees’. The
woman, who police say was in her
50s, was found dead on Saturday
morning, and may have been dead
for as long as seven hours. L ocal
media said the woman was slumped
at a table, 24 hours after she first
entered the restaurant in the working
class district of Ping Shek. She had
not moved for seven hours before
fellow diners noticed something was
wrong. “McDonald ’s Hong Kong
would like to express our grief over
the unfortunate incident at our Ping
Shek Estate restaurant,” Wendy
Lam, senior director of McDonald’s
Hong Kong, said. “ We welcome
everyone to visit our restaurants any
time. In order to provide a pleasant
dining environment, we would
not disturb our customers, but our
service will be offered promptly upon
request.” — Daily Mail
Cloud increasing, rainy afternoon
Greymouth Athletic Club
spokesman Jack O’Connor is
hopping mad about the rabbits
that have been burrowing into
the athletics field at Anzac Park.
They have potholed the park
with hundreds of holes that
need to be filled in before the
start of the athletics season next
Initially the club hoped to
shoot the rabbits but that
turned out to be impractical.
“There were a number of
safety issues in shooting the
rabbits so we have decided to
poison them,” Mr O’Connor
Poisoned bait stations would
be placed along the fence line.
“The rabbit problem is the
worst it has been for a long
time, and obviously as the park
is not used often during the
winter the issue has exacerbated.
The other evening someone was
training and counted 20 rabbits
“ We will have signs up at
the gate advising people there
are bait stations in place and
hopefully the problem will
be solved pretty quickly,” Mr
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Greymouth Athletic Club spokesman Jack O’Connor with the bait stations that will be placed around Anzac Park to eradicate the
rabbits that have potholed the park with burrows.
A defended hearing into a burglary at Ikamatua
came to a halt in the Greymouth District Court
yesterday when the defendants admitted their
guilt after a phone call of the crime in progress
was played to the court.
Michael Ryan Newcombe, 24, of Greymouth,
Jonty Charles Pickett, 20, of Taylor ville, and
Owen Anthony Jackson, 27, of Kumara, were
jointly charged with burgling a house on
All three pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The homeowner gave evidence that on
December 30 last year she arrived home to
find the lights on in her house. Once inside she
found that her televisions had been stolen, and
her bedroom had been turned over.
While she was still in her car she tried calling
the police but had been unable to get through.
Jackson and Newcombe then arrived and told
her they had chased away the burglars.
The victim said when she finally got the police
and they called to her house, she initially let
Jackson and Newcombe hide in her garage, as
Newcombe was on bail at the time.
However, she told police where they were, after
remembering that when she had mentioned to
Jackson that her television had been taken he
went outside and brought it back for her, which
she told the court she found suspicious.
Both Newcombe and Jackson were taken away
The victim then alleged that Newcombe and
Jackson, this time accompanied by Pickett, had
gone around to her house about 5.30pm on
January 2, banging on the doors and windows
asking her to let them in. The victim said she
hid in the bedroom, from where she called the
Jackson’s lawyer, George Linder, asked the
woman if, on December 30, she had told them
they were welcome at her house, any time; she
denied having said that.
Judge Raoul Neave told the lawyer that
“e ven assuming there had been some form of
open invitation, she had not given them open
invitation to come and go into the house as they
A recording of the phone call she made to
police was also played to the court, during which
she told the operator that her house was being
burgled. The sound of banging and shouting
could also be heard.
The woman also told the operator that at one
point her cat was being held to ransom by the
three men. At another point in the recording
she also told the operator that “they are in”, after
they had gained entry to the inside of her house.
At that point in the recording it was stopped
and Judge Neave called a halt to proceedings,
advising the defendants’ lawyers to talk to their
“ If you expect I am going to find that this is
anything other than an unauthorised entry, then
your clients are dreaming,” the judge said.
Judge Neave said the recording had “confirmed
what I have already heard ... there may be some
limited credit for common sense shown by your
clients now ”.
Both Newcombe and Jackson subsequently
changed their pleas to guilty. Police also
withdrew the burglary charge against Pickett,
due to the lack of evidence that he was involved.
Newcombe was sentenced to 150 hours of
community work, cumulative on 100 hours
imposed on December 4 last year. He was
also ordered to make a $250 emotional harm
repayment to the victim.
Jackson also admitted a charge of obstructing
police, but denied a charge of excess breath-
alcohol and sustained loss of traction.
Police alleged that later on January 2, they had
seen the same white ute which the Ikamatua
homeowner said had been used by the three men
to get to her house, doing “doughnuts” at a layby
on Atarau Road.
Police drove past the car, reversed back to the
layby and arrested Jackson, who tried to prevent
them from putting him in a police car by pushing
against the car with his legs, causing him and
two officers to fall over.
The judge withdrew the driving charges due to
a lack of evidence that Jackson was driving the
car at the time police saw it.
Jackson was sentenced to six months’
super vision, 150 hours of community work,
and ordered to make the same emotional harm
repayment as Newcombe. He was also sentenced
to another 250 hours of community work, to
help remit about $30,000 in unpaid fines.
caught with P,
PICTURE: Paul McBride
A large crane hovered over the central Greymouth skyline
today as a workman suspended in a cage began attaching
telecommunication equipment to the multi-storey Kingsgate
Hotel, the tallest building on the West Coast.
Rabbits burrow into park
Calls from a member of the
public helped Greymouth police
nab an alleged drug driver
Diane Marie Lundy, 52,
subsequently appeared in the
Greymouth District Court
charged with possession of
methamphetamine (P) utensils,
possession of methamphetamine,
possession of LSD for supply,
possession of a weapon, possession
of cannabis resin, driving under
the influence of a drug and
possession of other drugs.
Judge Raoul Neave said it
appeared Lundy was more of an
“occupational user of the drug”
but she was consuming drugs that
were highly addictive.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said
Lundy would be defending
the LSD charge, and that the
circumstances of the offending
showed that the drugs were all in
Senior sergeant Allyson Ealam,
of Greymouth police, said the
caller was concerned about the
woman’s driving, as she headed
south from Westport.
Mrs Ealam said the call from
the witness had potentially saved
the life of the offender and helped
minimise potential harm to other
Working on high
Another unpermitted rubbish and scrub fire at
Omoto late last night has prompted an appeal
from the Greymouth fire chief for the public to
follow the rules.
Lee Swinburn said the call to the unpermitted
fire in scrub on the fringe of a bush block above
Omoto Road at 11pm was relatively small and
was contained within about 10 minutes. The
property owner was present.
“It posed a potential risk,” Mr Swinburn said.
“Unfortunately, it’s becoming a bit of a habit
lately,” he said, referring to several call-outs
attended in the past week by the Greymouth,
Cobden and Hokitika brigades to fires which
had been lit without a permit.
The relatively long rain-free period recently
and the tendency for vegetation on the West
Coast to quickly become a fire risk meant
property owners intending to burn needed to be
even more responsible, Mr Swinburn said.
Fire volunteers were not there to police
property owners but “there is potential for it to
get out of hand” and it was up to those wanting
to have a fire to first get the appropriate permit
from the Grey District Council.
Fire permits are free but are required all year
round for any fires lit out in the open “due to the
variability of Coast weather”.
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