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on girl admitted
A Runanga woman who took
part in a two-pronged attack on a
13-year-old girl on the Greymouth
oodwall was remanded on bail
for sentencing in a fortnight
after she admitted an assault
charge in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday. Berlin Sa ron
McGreggor, 20, pleaded guilty after
the charge was reduced from one
of assault with intent to injure. e
attack occurred on August 27, when
McGreggor's 17-year-old friend
rained punches on the girl before
McGreggor joined in punching
her twice in the face. After the girl
was knocked to the ground the
second o ender kept punching her.
ey then walked o , but on seeing
their victim getting to her feet they
returned and resumed the attack.
e victim su ered contusions to
her hands, back and cheek.
E.coli found in
Two popular West Coast
swimming spots registered high
readings of e.coli (faeces) during
routine testing last week. e West
Coast Regional Council took
samples from the Grey River at
the Taylorville swimming hole and
Lake Brunner at Iveagh Bay on
January 9, plus the Buller River at
Marrs Beach, Westport, on January
6, all recording 'high risk' readings.
Council o cer Lucas McDonald
said the high recordings were
probably due to heavy rainfall at
the time and he did not expect any
ongoing issues. Swimming sites are
water tested twice a month.
neighbourhood cats making war ---
and love --- you will know that a
suburban feline's lot is a savage one.
But now you can give your furry
ghter an edge in her back-garden
battles with this gladiator-style body
armour specially designed for the
feline form. As if the animals were
not bloodthirsty enough already, this
fully-articulated Cat Battle Armour
promises to make your kitty 'an
unstoppable force for slaughter' each
time it ventures forth through the
cat ap. --- Daily Mail
Showers clear by evening
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Westroads worker Neil Keating waterblasts the paddling pool at Dixon Park, removing a layer of algae that has built up despite regular cleanings. e pool was
sprayed for algae this morning and will also receive a fresh coat of paint before being re lled.
It was a case of like father,
like son when Connor John
Prendergast quickly followed
his father Michael from the
Greymouth District Court
yesterday, both on their way to
Christchurch Men's Prison.
Michael Prendergast, 49, of
Cobden, was sentenced to two
months in prison for refusing
to complete a community work
He had been sentenced in
October to 60 hours' community
work but told the probation
o cer he had no intention of
even starting it.
When Judge Stephen O'Driscoll
said to him yesterday, "So, what
do you think Mr Prendergast ...
two months?" he replied, "What?
Two months for just 60 hours'
community work? A bit less
would be better."
"Not with your previous
convictions," the judge said.
Minutes later, Connor John
Prendergast, 21, appeared on
disorderly behaviour charges and
told the judge that, like his father,
he had an aversion to community
work sentences and would not
report to the work centre if he
On December 10, Prendergast
the younger threw rocks on
a neighbour's roof, and the
following day as police were
speaking to him about riding a
bike without a helmet, he rode
o , yelling "f.. you, f..,. f.., f..",
while several children were within
On December 13, he was again
throwing rocks, this time at a car
on his neighbour's property.
"Mr Prendergast junior seems
to be following in the footsteps of
his father," probation o cer Kerry
Aston told the judge yesterday.
"He has no intention of doing
When Judge O'Driscoll asked
what he had to say for himself,
Prendergast junior said: "Nothin'
--- send me to prison."
e judge obliged with a
sentence of two months.
West Coast's largest farm sold to dairy interests
Dairy farmers have bought the largest
farming station on the West Coast.
Receivers for the former owners of
Waikiti Downs --- past Haupiri in the
foothills of the Southern Alps --- say
the decision on whether to convert it to
dairying lies with the new owners.
Creditors of the station are owed
$7.9 million, according to the liquidators.
e former owner was put into liquidation
by the High Court on September 19.
Receiver Malcolm Hollis said today
the property was sold prior to Christmas
to existing dairy farmers from the West
e price would remain con dential
until the next receiver's report, he said.
e former directors of Waikiti
Downs Station were Ross Clarke, of
Christchurch, and Michael Andrews, of
e largest shareholders were Shona
Clarke and Noeline Ingram, Michael
Andrews and Mark Tavendale, Bronwyn
and David Marsh with Eric Parr, and
Barry and Leanne Foster.
case set for court
e Greymouth District Court
trial of two Rotomanu men
charged with cruelty causing the
deaths of 150 cows and 30 calves
is set to last about three weeks.
Jeremy William Usher and
Robert James Usher each
face one Ministry of Primary
Industries charge of failing to
ensure that stock had adequate
water and food, and six charges
A farmhand, David Anthony
Ham, faces one charge of cruelty
and one of failing to ensure that
stock were adequately watered
All three men have pleaded not
e case was called in court
yesterday but the judge heard
that it will be some time before
the ministry is ready to proceed
with the prosecution as it intends
calling 25 witnesses, ve of them
experts in the eld of animal
It will be a "large scale"
prosecution, with the trial
expected to take three weeks.
Veterinarians had to euthanise
180 cattle on the Usher farm
after their dairy herd was found
in various stages of starvation, in
A further 160 had to be sent to
the meatworks because of their
condition, and hundreds of others
were taken to neighbouring
farms to recover.
As a condition of bail Jeremy
Usher had to hand in his passport
to the court.
e case will be called again
next month to set a date for the
Fatal road corner assessed
e Grey District Council says it will
investigate whether or not changes
are warranted on the hilly section of
Taylorville Road, the scene of two
separate fatalities in the past four years.
In mid-December, Blaketown woman
Lavinia (Manui) Langi and her teenage
son Lesili drowned when their van
skidded o the road while coming
downhill, landing upside down in a
In July 2010, Australian coalminer
Barry Pearson was killed in the same
e Langis were travelling toward
Greymouth on a wet road, while Mr
Pearson was driving in the opposite
direction when his car slid on black
ice in the middle of winter and ipped
down the same bank.
Council utilities engineer Kurtis
Perrin-Smith said they would look at
potential safety improvement options
to that section of road.
"Essentially, though, no decisions on
whether any work will be done will
be made until the police serious crash
unit's report is completed," Mr Perrin-
A guardrail was one possibility, or a
"Sta will investigate all the
possibilities ahead of the serious crash
He said there was no need to change
the signs in the area as they had been
reviewed after the 2010 fatality: "All
the signage is correct and there are no
issues with it."
He said that particular area was
"proving di cult".
" ere are some issues with the corner,
however we need to take everything
into account and cannot make any
decisions until the police investigation
Would-be Greymouth developer Ben
Hanssen faces the mortgagee sale of a
392 square metre commercial section
in Boundary Street in the wake of the
scandal that surrounded his Dunedin
businesses late last year.
Mr Hanssen had announced a new
Greymouth development involving the
Railway and Royal hotels, which was
to include a new nightclub, several new
restaurants and an outdoor seating area.
e plans fell apart about the time
the media reported that several of his
Dunedin-based establishments were
caught up in a police investigation over
allegations that Mr Hanssen employed
gang members to reclaim chattels from
a rival business, as well as allegations of
unpaid sta wages.
e mortgagee tender for the vacant
section on the corner of Boundary Street
and Richmond Quay, which was owned
by Mr Hanssen's company Greymouth
Properties Ltd, is being advertised by
Tenders close on February 4.
Downtown Greymouth site in mortgagee sale
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