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on rape charge
A West Coast man charged with
rape, theft and burglary was further
remanded in custody when he
appeared in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday. He appeared via
audio visual link from Christchurch
Men’s Prison. He is charged with
rape of a female over-16, driving
while suspended, theft, two of
shoplifting, burglary and breaching
bail. The man was remanded
without plea to February 12. His
name and all details submitted in
court yesterday by his lawyer are
in two crashes
Overseas tourists were involved
in two separate vehicle crashes in
South Westland yesterday. No one
was seriously injured in either crash.
A European tourist preparing to
turn right off State highway 6 into
the Petr Hlavacek Gallery just east
of Whataroa township was rear-
ended by another vehicle travelling
in the same direction. No one in
either vehicle was injured, but both
cars were extensively damaged.
About 5pm a sole European tourist
who apparently drifted off to sleep
while driving on Cook Flat Road
at Fox Glacier crashed into a wire
fence and took out about six posts.
The driver was issued with an
A Spanish city
has halted the
it looks too
jolly. The 1.7m
was designed to tell a local legend
to the 800,000 tourists who visit
Segovia each year. The story tells
how Mephistopheles, a demon,
was tricked by a young Segovian to
build the city’s famous aqueduct in a
single night. But the statue, created
by Jose Antonio Abella, has been
criticised for its ‘ jovial’ demeanour.
The bronze devil smiles and is
taking a selfie with a smartphone.
More than 10% of the city’s
population, around 5500 people,
have now signed a petition for it to
be cancelled. The petition claims the
sculpture is “offensive to Catholics”
due to the “ jovial” way the devil is
portrayed. — Daily Mail
Cloud clears to fine day
Fashion among the
Hooked on fishing -
Coast kahawai contest
Man on 11 burglar y charges
A Greymouth man charged with 11
Greymouth burglaries and who then
kicked his way out of a police van when
arrested, was yesterday refused bail and
remains in prison.
Toa Tokomaru Marino is charged
with the burglary of the Do D uck
In, Karoro Store, Sampan Restaurant
and the Holy Trinity Church, among
others. He is also charged with
threatening behaviour, wilful damage,
possession of cannabis, escaping
custody, intentional damage and
Marino pleaded not guilty when he
appeared in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday via audio visual link
from Christchurch Men’s Prison.
He changed his plea to admit
one other charge of driving while
disqualified, for the third or subsequent
Lawyer Andrew Bailey said Marino
wanted electronically monitored bail
and had a new address in the North
He was not at risk of failing to appear
and the last time he had a similar
charge against him was in 2007, Mr
“He should be given a chance to see if
he could abide by the rules. He would
be in Gisborne and would have the
benefit of family.”
However, Judge Tom Gilbert said
Marino faced 20 charges altogether,
some dating to the middle of last
year. He was bailed in September and
again in November, and while on bail
he allegedly committed 11 burglaries,
sold methamphetamine and was found
“ When he was arrested he kicked out
of a police transport van, then ran off,”
Judge Gilbert said.
Marino had “priors” for escaping
custody, as well as active charges.
“The stakes are high given the
number of charges he faces. In my
view, with his history of escaping, he
is a significant risk of reoffending. He
has 43 prior convictions — 23 of those
were committed while he was on bail.”
New charges were laid against
Marino when he was last on bail.
“He has an issue with drugs and
routinely offends to support his drug
habit,” the judge said.
Marino was remanded in custody to
January 30 for a case review hearing.
‘n word’ in
The Broadcasting Standards
Authority (BSA) has cleared
Westport-based Coast FM of
airing the ‘n word’ in a famous
Bob Dylan song from the 1970s.
Someone complained that the
broadcast of the song Hurricane,
which uses the word ‘nigger’, was a
breach of broadcasting standards,
however the BSA ruled that was
not the case.
Hurricane is a 1975 anti-racism
song about the imprisonment of
black boxer, Rubin ‘Hurricane’
‘(a)nd to the black folks he was
just a crazy nigger’, which one
Coast FM listener considered
to be “offensive, racist and
In a ruling today, the BSA
acknowledged that the word was
highly offensive and derogatory.
consideration, it did not uphold
the complaint under the good taste
and decency and discrimination
and denigration standards due
to a range of contextual factors.
These include the historical
significance of the song.
The authority stated: “The
song itself has social and
historical significance and tells
a story of racial injustice and
inequality experienced by African
Americans in the 1960s”.
“It could be argued that the
song itself is an example of the
power of the right to freedom
of expression. The language and
expressions used is integral to the
narrative of the story told through
Other contextual factors include
Dylan himself, who is well-
known for using his music to
address issues of social injustice
and inequality, and the well-
established audience expectations
of Coast FM.
In making this decision, the
BSA acknowledged its role to
reflect community standards and
noted recent research showed a
significant portion of the public
find the use of the word in
“ We do not condone the use of
this word in everyday usage — it
is powerful and offensive.”
Checking out the new venturi destined for the Pike River Mine site is Pike River Recovery Agency chief operating officer Dinghy Pattinson, ventilation officer
Borys Poborowski (Terra Firma), electrical superintendent Danie Du Preez, Chris Neame (Gray Bros) and Dave Anderson (Crown Technology). Agency staff
this week began training with the new 950kg machine, fabricated at Gray Brothers Engineering in Greymouth. It will be flown on site in late February to extract
nitrogen and methane as part of the re-entr y of the mine drift. Purging tests carried out before Christmas reduced methane levels in the first 180m of the drift
from 96% to about 2%, and oxygen levels dropped to less than 1%. “It happened quicker than we thought, so it was great to have these early tests,” chief operat-
ing officer Dinghy Pattinson said. Purging will continue for 12 hours a day, seven days a week while the data is gathered about gas levels in the mine. The re-entry
will only cover the drift as far as the rockfall; the bodies of the 29 men are believed to be in the mine workings, beyond reach and behind the rockfall. All but
400m of the drift has already been viewed post-disaster.
The Blackball courier driver who rifled
through packages he was delivering to
Hokitika, stealing a Mitre 10 gift card,
was sentenced in the Greymouth District
Court today to 80 hours of community
Christopher James John Marshall
previously admitted a charges of theft
and obtaining a pecuniary advantage by
stealing the gift card.
Marshall picked up the courier bag
containing the $50 gift card on August
17. It was intended as a birthday present
for the victim’s father.
On August 19 Marshall was seen
on CCTV footage using the card,
with the same unique number on it,
at the Greymouth Mitre 10 store. On
September 22, police visited Marshall’s
home and recovered the clothing he was
seen wearing in the video footage, and
$44 worth of items he had purchased
with the card.
Lawyer George Linder said Marshall
was apologetic for what he did and had
lost his job because of his actions. All of
the property had been returned. Marshall
had a new job working on a dairy farm
and was unable to do community work.
“He has some history, with the most
recent being driving charges in 2011 and
in 2009. He (also) has a theft ex-car and
Judge Gilbert said the charge was
aggravated because of the breach of trust
as Marshall had “combed” through the
pack looking for gift cards and the like.
He was sentenced to 80 hours of
community work and ordered to pay
reparation of $60.
Ex-courier driver admits theft
Pike re-entry inches closer
Complaint to Broadcasting Standards
Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter
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