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Judy Tutchen, a Kiwibank local
hero recognised in last night’s paper,
is a member of the West Coast
Consumer Council. The citation
wrongly stated she was on the health
A motorcyclist is injured after
two bikes crashed on Haast Pass
in windy conditions yesterday. The
crash occurred on State highway 6,
Haast Pass-Makarora Road, about
2.45pm, senior sergeant Brian Benn
of the southern district command
centre said. It was quite windy in the
region, Mr Benn said, and that “may
well have been a factor”. — NZ ME
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Drunk smashing spree admitted
A Cobden man who smashed up the
television and letterbox of a woman with
whom his relationship had broken down
was convicted of assault, intentional
damage and sentenced to 150 hours of
community work and ordered to pay
reparations of $1025, in the Greymouth
District Court this week.
He pleaded guilty to both charges.
On November 9 the victim was at home
when Martin Raymond Hutchinson, 28,
turned up, heavily intoxicated. He kicked
the door in, went inside and started to
abuse the victim, the court was told.
The victim tried to call the police.
However, Hutchison tried to wrestle the
phone from her, and when he eventually
got hold of it, he threw it out the window.
He then smashed up the television, a
plate and cup which were on a table and
the woman’s letterbox. He also ripped the
landline telephone from its socket.
Hutchinson then fled the property. The
woman convinced him to come back, and
he was arrested by police.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Hutchinson
had been in a relationship with a woman
more than twice his age, and he could not
cope with not being able to see her when
she did not want to see him.
Mr Bradley said that on the day of the
offending, the defendant had lost his job,
and then he got drunk. He accepted that
seeing the victim was the “ last thing he
should have done”.
Judge Robert Murfitt said Hutchinson
needed to develop the “emotional insight
that you and her are just poison”.
A man charged with drugs and weapons
charges was remanded on bail to
December 15 to give the police more time
to comply with an application for the full
details of the charges to be released to his
Paul Gray was charged with cannabis
cultivation, possession of cannabis for
supply and firearms possession. However,
his lawyer, Doug Taffs, asked for the
charges to be struck out, due to an “abuse
of the court process”.
Mr Taffs said Gray ’s property was
searched on September 17, and Gray
had been due to appear in court on
On October 1, Mr Taffs wrote to the
police and asked for a full disclosure of
the charges and evidence against Gray,
alongside the application for the search
warrant, and the search warrant.
The case was then adjourned. However,
Mr Taffs said he been given an
“inadequate copy ” of the disclosure. He
then asked for a further adjournment
to October 23, specifically for the full
disclosure to be provided, which had still
Mr Taffs said that it was an “egregious
and unjustifiable” delay, and he and his
client were entitled to all the requested
information, “especially when the court
Judge Murfitt said he would further
remand the case to give the police time to
“comply with the duty of disclosure”.
A 44-year-old Cobden woman who
threatened to put a man in hospital with a
piece of driftwood was remanded on bail to
December 4 for sentencing.
Robyn Jane Gregg pleaded guilty to
charges of contravening a protection
order, common assault and possession of a
At 7.30pm on October 25, Gregg had
gone around to a house and knocked loudly
on the door.
Gregg allegedly shouted angrily about
an incident two months before, and
demanded to know where the rest of their
property was. She then raised her hand,
made a fist and swung a punch at the
person, who had to dodge out of the way,
the court was told.
Then she grabbed a baseball bat-sized
piece of wood out of her car and told the
man that if he did not get into her car, she
was going to “put him in hospital”.
On August 6, Gregg also sent seven
texts to a person under a protection order.
After sending the texts she rang the police
and told them about breaching the order.
Judge Murfitt said Gregg had spent the
past six weeks in custody, which had “given
you time to reflect ”. As the male victim
who Gregg had threatened had moved to
Christchurch, the judge said that a change
in such circumstances meant that he could
reconsider Gregg’s bail application, and
granted her bail.
Brett Julian Swinden was bailed to
appear in Christchurch District Court
on December 21 on charges of common
assault and shoplifting.
Two Greymouth men who pleaded
guilty to charges of assault after
beating up someone with whom they
had a long-standing grudge, were
given community work sentences at
Greymouth District Court.
Warren Charles Wilson, 20, of
Greymouth, and Richard John
Stevens Sweetman were each
sentenced to 75 hours of community
work for one charge of common
assault, while Sweetman was given
another 75 hours of community
work for a charge of intentional
They had earlier pleaded guilty to
In October, both men had assaulted
a victim who had attacked Wilson
some years before. That incident
meant that Wilson and Sweetman
had a long-standing grudge against
The case had been referred to
restorative justice. However, that
had not been able to proceed as the
victim had not been prepared to take
Judge Robert Murfitt told Wilson
he needed to “grow up and not inflict
this sort of violence on the people of
Greymouth, or anywhere else”.
In sentencing Sweetman, the judge
said that at the time the assault was
committed, “I could bet alcohol was
involved . . . this type of macho,
bullying behaviour is something that
Greymouth can do without.”
A judge told a Runanga woman
who was convicted of assault that
men were “not worth getting into
fights over” as she was sentenced to
60 hours of community work.
Joelene Ngahuia Harris, 28, of
Runanga, pleaded guilty to a charge
of assault. On September 24, Harris
was at home, when the victim visited
her house to see some associates.
Harris walked up to the victim and
punched her in the head, leaving the
victim with a swollen top lip, the
Harris, who was pregnant, said she
had been elbowed in the stomach, so
she had grabbed the woman by ther
hair and had dragged her off a chair.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said the
offending had been around the issue
of the victim being jealous of Harris
having a baby with the victim’s
Judge Murfitt said “men are not
worth getting into fights over, are
they?” Harris agreed.
Dythaniel Scott Hart,
Greymouth, was sentenced to six
months of super vision and fined
$250 for threatening behaviour. He
pleaded guilty to the offence.
On October 23, Hart saw a
comment on Facebook referring to
a woman who said that a rock had
been thrown at her house.
Hart then went on the social
media site and sent a message
calling the woman an “over-sized
horse”, and referred to her friend,
who still had his “teeth in his hands
from the last beating I gave him”,
the court heard.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said that
the offending had been instigated
by Hart’s car windscreen being
smashed. However, Hart accepted
he had been stupid.
Judge Murfitt asked Hart what
it was that “led you to think” the
female victim had damaged the
windscreen. Hart replied, “they sent
me messages about the colour of my
car, how could they know the colour
of my car?”
The judge said Hart had “taken the
law into his own hands”.
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