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A Richmond man was convicted and fined
$250 for possession of methamphetamine
(P) on January 8, when he appeared in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday.
Police prosecutor sergeant Graeme Edens
said Mark William Stacey, 29, was at the
Anazc Park netball courts in Greymouth
when he phoned the police saying he was
being followed by members of a gang.
When police arrived Stacey told them he
had consumed some methamphetamine
and had some in his vehicle. A small
amount was located in the glovebox.
Stacey, representing himself, told Judge
Tom Gilbert it was “not a good idea and a
bit out of character”.
He was currently getting mental health
“I am getting the support and help that I
need,” Stacey told the judge.
In convicting Stacey, Judge Gilbert said
his early plea and the fact he was getting
some help and had no previous similar
offences were to his advantage.
He ordered that the drugs be destroyed.
Steven Robert Young, of Greymouth,
was remanded for sentencing on March 9
when he admitted charges of receiving and
While in Christchurch on December 31,
Young, who was drunk, was asked to leave
the property he was at. The daughter of his
former partner followed him outside and
told him to leave, as he was sitting on the
Young took offence and pushed the
victim, punching her twice causing her to
fall to the ground.
Young was also charged with receiving
after he was found on August 31 with
copper and brass which had been stolen
from the Electronet station at Dobson.
He told police that friends had given him
the metal, which he sold for $45.
Benjamin Webster, of Greymouth,
admitted driving while suspended on
November 5. His licence was suspended
on October 27 due to demerit points, but
when stopped in Milton Road he told the
police constable to “f... off ” as he had just
got his licence back.
Webster was sentenced to 40 hours of
Judge Gilbert noted that Webster had
almost $6000 in outstanding fines.
“ If you continue to do your community
work a judge may be inclined to remit
some of your fines and impose some more
Webster was also disqualified from
driving for a further six months from
January 26, when his suspension had been
due to expire.
Jonty Pickett, of Greymouth, admitted
breaching his community work.
Duty solicitor Vicki Walsh said Pickett
had completed all the hours relating to the
breach, but had 103.5 hours remaining.
Judge Gilbert said Pickett had a huge
number of fines, to which he replied they
were from when he was younger and used
to get “heaps” and “didn’t care.”
“The last time I got a ticket was for no
registration on my car which I have since
got rid of because I don’t have a licence,”
Mrs Walsh said Pickett was the author of
his own demise.
The judge said the problem was the
unpaid fines and he could not give him
more hours for those because he was not
doing the current ones.
“ Mr Pickett, you need to pull your finger
out and get into the hours then you may be
able to apply to have the fines remitted.”
Pickett was remanded at large until April
11 to complete the remaining hours.
“ You have plenty of time to do this and
then you may get more hours and have
the fines remitted. It is now up to you. If
you haven’t completed the hours the court
is running out of options and I’m sure
you don’t want to end up in prison, which
is where you might be heading,” Judge
A man who stole a bottle of bourbon from
Super Liquor in Greymouth was convicted
and fined $120.
Andrew William Leigh, 48, of
Greymouth, admitted the theft on
The court heard that Leigh had waited
until the shop assistant was ser ving another
customer and put the bottle of alcohol in
his bag and walked out without paying for
After his arrest he returned to the shop
and paid for the alcohol.
Lawyer Vicki Walsh said Leigh “has
fallen from grace” and made the right
decision to go back and pay for the alcohol.
He was doing a trade at the polytechnic
and his tutor spoke highly of him.
“ He has already had a very stern warning
from the polytechnic following this
The theft was “a glitch” and Leigh had no
intention of sliding back into his past.
“ He was in a slightly intoxicated state,
without a dollar to his name, and what he
did was foolish and he is truly sorry,” Mrs
Judge Gilbert said it was to Leigh’s credit
that he had since paid for the alcohol.
“ You have had a bad history, but you seem
to have turned your life around,” the judge
Alex Kinsella was remanded without plea
until January 31 on two charges of driving
Judge Gilbert told Kinsella not to drive
again or he could end up in prison: “Stay
out of a car.”
Ben Toomstra, of Inangahua, was
remanded until February 14 to allow him
to complete his community work.
The judge told Toomstra to take the
initiative and work off his hours because if
he failed to do so the next stop was prison.
“ You have a child and the last thing you
want is your child visiting you in jail,” Judge
A former Dunedin man, now living in
Greymouth, was convicted and remanded
until April 13 for sentencing after he
admitted charges of wilful damage, being
unlawfully in a building and assault, on
At 5am on November 27, Malcolm
Hackett entered the home of the victim,
who was in bed. Hackett hit the victim
while he was still in bed. He told police it
was because he had found the man in bed
with his “missus”.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Hackett had
heard that his partner had met up with an
old flame and he found out they had slept
“Mr Hackett had some Dutch courage
and went to the victim’s house,” Mr Bodle
Judge Gilbert said there was an
opportunity for a restorative justice
conference, if the victim was interested.
Kelly-Anne Jones Ross, of Greymouth,
was convicted and sentenced to 150 hours
of community work for driving while
It was Jones Ross’s fourth offence for
driving while suspended, but her first for
She was disqualified on November 1 but
on December 23 she was caught behind the
wheel in High Street at 11pm. She told the
judge she was driving to work at the time.
“It was a silly mistake as it is only a five-
Judge Gilbert said her driving was turning
her into a criminal and if she kept it up she
would have a lot more than just community
Jones Ross did not get a further
disqualification, which ends on February
9. Her fines, totalling $1692, were also
remitted and replaced with 50 hours of
community work, giving her a total of 200
Bronsan Katipa was remanded on bail
without plea on two charges of assault in
Kapita is alleged to have assaulted two
His bail conditions include not to
consume alcohol, not to have any contact
with the victims and a curfew from 9pm
to 7am daily.
Navasanjeet Singh, of Greymouth, was
convicted and fined $300 and disqualified
from driving for six months after he
admitted driving while suspended, on
A warrant was issued for the arrest of
Tyler Keene, who failed to appear for
breaching his prison release conditions. The
court heard that Keene had “gone totally
off the radar ” since he was released from
A Greymouth man was convicted and
discharged for breaching his community
work and was warned by the judge to
complete his hours “other wise things could
get a whole lot worse”.
Corey Tozer had been sentenced in
October to 150 hours of community work
on four firearms charges but had completed
only 6.5 hours.
Lawyer Vicki Walsh said Tozer had been
working full-time and had also been sick,
and he had “put other things first ”.
Tozer had since changed his tune and
wanted to get the hours out of the way.
An Ahaura man who assaulted his brother
in an argument and had been through the
restorative justice system, was convicted
and ordered to undertake eight months’
Judge Gilbert said Christian Cooper had
received a good report from restorative
While the court heard that Cooper did
not believe he had an alcohol problem, the
judge said the argument arose while he and
his brother were drinking and he believed
there were alcohol issues.
Part of Cooper’s super vision will include
a course, education and programmes on
how to deal with alcohol and drug issues.
Man who phoned police had taken P
Wednesday January 11
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Grey Medical Centre
FISHER, David John
(Dave). — Margaret and
family wish to sincerely
thank friends and family
for their support during
our great loss. For the
lovely baking, phone
calls and the many
cards. To Saxton Connor
and staff of the Christ-
church Hospital who
gave us all an extra year
with Dave. Dr Wood
and staff at the Rural
Academic Practice, the
staff at the A&E and
Morice Ward, Grey
Hospital. The chemo
girls who were great to
us both, Maria Mary and
Bernie, St John, Masons
Pharmacy staff, to Adele
from Artico for her
kindness, also many
thanks to the lovely
Reefton District Nurses
who gave their all,
Margaret, Paula, Nicole
and Chris. To Tim
Mora, special thanks and
Denise from Westland
Funeral Services who
were a great help to
myself and family.
To our friends and
neighbours who kept
everything going at the
Scotty, Tom, George
Tegal and their wives.
To my daughters-in-law
and son-in-law. Thanks
from us all.
January 8, 2017, peace-
fully at Christchurch
Hospital, aged 75 years.
Devoted and loving wife
of the late Jack Lewis,
dearly loved mother
and mother-in-law of
Belinda and Trev, Ros,
John and Naomi, and
Marilyn and Bruce,
loved and treasured nana
of Jason, Brent, and
Shaun; Rachel, Amy and
Adam; Courtney and
Sabrina; Raquel and
Olivia, and a loved and
addressed to the family
of Barbara Lewis, C/-
Christchurch 8013. A
celebration of Barbara's
life will be held in the
John Rhind Chapel,
entry from London and
Whitmore Streets, Rich-
tomorrow (Thursday), at
1pm. John Rhind. Phone
(03) 379 9920.
Kahu Dickson, of Hokitika, was
told in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday to compete more
of his community work hours
before he returns to court to plead
to charges of breaching community
work and community detention.
Ashton said there was room for
Judge Tom Gilbert remanded
Dickson at large until the end of
the month with a warning that if
he did not make a “good fist of it”
he would end up in prison.
Nathan Kerry Fleming-
McMullan, of Hokitika, admitted
On November 11 he was at his
mother’s home when he cooked
himself a meal, angering his
by yelling and abusing her, kicking
an alcove in a wall to leave a 30cm
hole and $4000 worth of damage.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said it
was a silly outburst but it had also
uncovered asbestos in the house
and the place had been closed up
“He accepts what he did was
silly and understands he has to
pay for the consequences. He has
also apologised to his mother,” Mr
He was convicted and ordered to
pay reparation of $3954.
Failure to complete more
community work could
result in prison
A Dunollie man was cleared in the
Greymouth District Court on Monday
of receiving a gold dredge stolen from a
Alan Fryer denied receiving the
dredge, valued at about $9000, between
May 6 and July 31 last year. The
machinery belonged to Paul Bowman,
of Christchurch. The case was heard by
Judge Tom Gilbert in a judge-alone trial.
Mr Bowman said the dredge was one
of only three of its kind in New Zealand.
A second one was in Central Otago and
the third had since been shipped out of
Mr Bowman had been using the
dredge on his gold claim at Shamrock
Creek, Goldsborough. On May 4 he left
it camouflaged on the creek bank but
when he returned the next day it had
He reported the theft to his insurance
company and the police. He did not hear
anything more about it until August or
September, when the police phoned him
to say they had recovered a gold dredge.
Constable Cliff Bell told the court that
police searched Fryer’s property after
receiving information from one of his
neighbours that the dredge was there.
Fryer was not home at the time and
when he found out the police had called
he went in to the Greymouth Police
Mr Bell said Fryer told police at the
time that his now dead son had obtained
the dredge in Wellington.
“I made further inquiries and on
August 11, I arrested Mr Fryer for
receiving stolen property. He refused to
say anything in the inter view,” Mr Bell
In his evidence, Fryer said the dredge
had been delivered to his property by two
acquaintances of his neighbour. They had
asked him if it was all right to keep the
dredge in one of his sheds, to which he
Fryer told the police it was his son’s
because he was confused and “messed
up” following his son’s death. He had also
received threats in relation to the dredge.
“ I was gutted when I found out it was
Cross-examined by police prosecutor
sergeant Graeme Edens why he had not
informed police that other people had
dropped the dredge at his home, Fryer
said he thought they would have come
for ward by now.
“ I thought they would have owned up
to their own sh..t and come forward.”
Judge Gilbert said it was clear the
dredge had been stolen and that it was in
“ In his initial statement Mr Fryer said
it came from Wellington, from his son;
that ’s clearly not what we have heard
The judge said Fryer was clearly
interested in gold prospecting as there
other gold-related equipment at his
“I accept that it was not his son’s dredge
and Mr Fryer lied to the police in the
first instance, and two-and-a -half weeks
later he still did not relieve police of
that notion, and all that leads me to the
conclusion that it was very likely that Mr
Fryer knew that the dredge was stolen.
“However, no other information has
been given to me about the two other
men involved,” Judge Gilbert said.
While he had a strong suspicion that
Fryer knew the dredge was stolen,
“I’m not sure and because of that the
law requires me to find Mr Fryer not
A Bruce Bay man who has been in
custody since December on three sex
charges arising from an incident in
Hokitika was released on bail yesterday.
Ian Macrae D uncan, 40, appeared in
the Greymouth District Court for a bail
application hearing, when Judge Tom
Gilbert suggested he should plead to the
charges to hasten the hearing process.
Duncan denied one charge of indecent
assault and two of sexual violation. The
offending is alleged to have occurred on
Judge Gilbert said if Duncan remained
in custody he was concerned that he
would be incarcerated until the end of
the year or even the beginning of 2018
while he awaited trial.
The address he gave to live at until
his trial was in Blenheim, which would
provide distance between him and the
victim, who lived on the West Coast, the
He also noted that Duncan was a flight
risk because in 1999 he disappeared to
Australia before he was supposed to
appear in court and did not return for
In granting bail, the judge set strict
conditions, including that Duncan was
to stay in Blenheim and not return to
the West Coast unless it is for a court
He has a curfew of 9pm to 6am, must
not consume or be in the possession of
alcohol or illegal drugs, must surrender
his passport, not apply for any other
travel documents, and is not to associate
with any of the witnesses.
If he failed to comply with the bail
conditions he would be returned to
prison and would have only himself to
blame, Judge Gilbert said.
Daniel O verton, of Hokitika, admitted
driving with excess breath-alcohol of
519mg in Jollie Street, Hokitika, on
December 31 at 12.12am.
Overton was stopped by police and
then failed a random breath test. He told
police he thought he was okay to drive
because he had stopped drinking a few
Lawyer Vicki Walsh said Overton
had one previous drink-driving offence,
which was about five years ago,
“ He believed he was not over the limit,
but that was clearly poor judgment on
his part,” Ms Walsh said.
Judge Gilbert said Overton blew twice
the legal limit, which was 250mg. He
sentenced him to 60 hours of community
work and disqualified him from driving
for six months. He was also ordered to
apply for a zero alcohol licence.
Kelly Maffey, of Hokitika, was
remained on bail without plea on a
charge of burglary.
Maffey’s next appearance will be on
January 31 and the judge told him that
he would need to enter a plea then.
Man on sex charges released on bail
Man cleared of receiving gold dredge
Coast Road resident
Yurie McRae will be off
to the Westport premier
of the New Zealand
movie The Catch, to meet
the cast and director
tonight. The movie is
based on a true story of
cheating in the annual
fishing contest and set
on Kaipara Harbour. It
opens in the Greymouth
Regent Theatre tomorrow
Emma Cornish, left, from
Into Jeans, discusses options
with Diane Molloy in
preparation for the Fashion
in the Fields section of
the Kumara Racing Club
Gold Nuggets meeting this
weekend. Organiser, Mrs
Cornish said all sections
were keenly contested, with
good prizes available for
the winners in the women’s,
men’s and best dressed period
costume categories. There is
no children’s category in the
Kumara event. “ We’re hoping
for a huge day -- and sunshine
would be good,” she said.
Registrations will be received
between 11.30am and 12.30pm
by the band rotunda. “Kumara
is a big meeting and there
are great prizes from local
businesses so it’s a good excuse
for people to dress up,” Mrs
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Fashion in the
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