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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014
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Taking the pulse for
A French tourist had a naked frolic
in the children's paddling pool at
Dixon Park, Greymouth, yesterday
afternoon. Police were called after
the man was seen wading into the
pool in his birthday suit. O cers
arrived at the park to nd the visitor
still aunting his nakedness. He
was let o with a verbal warning for
o ensive behaviour and ordered to
Shoppers walk by
as man bashed in
Bystanders watched and walked
by as a man was hit about the head
in a vicious daylight assault in a
Greymouth supermarket car park,
on Sunday. Police today appealed
for witnesses to the attack, in the
New World car park about 5pm.
e male victim was punched in the
face and headbutted. Sergeant Mike
Tinnelly, of Greymouth police,
said bystanders had witnessed the
attack, accompanied by yelling, but
no one went to the man's aid and
he had to make his own way to the
police station to report the incident.
Police want to hear from a woman
who was seen sitting in a black
Honda parked alongside at the time.
"We want people who were in the
car park at the time and saw what
happened to come and see someone
at the police station," Mr Tinnelly
said today. Police were "well aware"
who the attacker was, but still
needed "independent witnesses
to come forward," anonymously if
they wished, by phoning the 0800
A burglar from Yorkshire who
was in prison in Lancashire decided
to escape because there were no
other people from his home county
there, a court has heard. Richard
Milburn could not stand living with
Lancashire and Liverpool people
for another seven months, and ran
away from his open prison. After
two months on the run, he handed
himself in to police and was sent to
a more secure jail --- which was also
closer to his home in Bradford. e
29-year-old has now been ordered
to serve an extra three months for
the break-out in November last year.
Recounting the details of Milburn's
escape, prosecutor Paul Nicholson
said: "He was unhappy because it
was not Yorkshire people there,
it was Lancashire and Liverpool
people." --- Daily Mail
Light showers clear to sunny spells
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service) Court sequel to school rifle scare
A man who placed two Greymouth
schools and a preschool in lockdown
with a full scale armed o enders alert
when he presented an air ri e at a group
of students, received a community
sentence in the Greymouth District
Court this week.
Judge Gary MacAskill told
Matthew Ryan Rex Mahuika, 22, that
the sentence was not as harsh as many
people in the community wanted in
response to the August 26 incident.
"You caused great inconvenience
but I cannot sentence you on
inconvenience, only on your level of
criminality," Judge MacAskill said.
of presenting an air ri e at the
schoolchildren, and unrelated charges
of trespassing on the New World
supermarket and stealing a pack of
bacon from the store.
He was sentenced to 150 hours
of community work, nine months'
supervision and ordered to pay
reparation of $14 to the supermarket.
At 11am on August 26, Mahuika
was on the balcony of an Alexander
Street house on the hill overlooking
John Paul II High School. When
one of a group of students changing
class yelled to him, "how's it going?",
Mahuika went inside and uplifted the
air ri e, which he pointed at three
Believing it to be a ri e, they took
cover behind a classroom and alerted a
teacher. Soon the whole school of 186
students was in lockdown, as was the
adjoining St Patrick's Primary School
and its 140 pupils, and the Barnardos
preschool with 28 children in class.
e two and a half hour lockdown
of the schools and surrounding streets
caused widespread anxiety among
parents. Most of the 25 police o cers
involved had to be taken away from
other duties and a second armed
o enders squad from Nelson was
dispatched, the court heard.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Mahuika had been "immature and
foolhardy in the extreme," and he had
no idea of the consequences that would
result. He maintained that he had not
pointed the ri e at the students but
had been aiming it at a bush.
Mahuika stole the bacon in
November, while on bail on the air ri e
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Ursula Acker and Rosie Searle throw down a tablecloth in the Kumara Memorial Hall this morning as they set up for the banquet dinner for the
Coast to Coast competitors tonight. About 800 competitors and their crews will pass through the hall for the meal, and helpers from throughout
Kumara were this morning making preparations putting together tubs of pasta, buckets of coleslaw and potatoes, and cutting up hams.
Talleys Fisheries has moved quickly
to refute allegations made in the
Greymouth District Court this week
that its employees worked long hours
and in unsafe conditions.
e claim was made by Christchurch
lawyer Tony Garrett in defence of
former Talleys sherman, Nolan Mark
Bradley, who smashed $5086 worth of
o ce equipment, on April 16 last year.
e vandalism was in response to
the sinking of the Lady Anna on the
Grey River bar a little earlier that day,
with the loss of the life of the skipper,
Enraged by the drowning, Bradley
smashed windows, computers, printers
and phones in the Talleys o ce on the
wharf. In court on Monday he admitted
His lawyer submitted to the judge
that Bradley should not be ned, and
sheeted the blame for the incident
on Talleys, alleging that Bradley was
striking out at the "unsafe conditions"
enforced by the company.
Talleys spokesman Tony Stallard said
today those claims were baseless.
"Even the briefest of investigations
would have suggested to Mr Bradley,
and his counsel, that the allegations are
just baseless and wrong, but clearly it
did not suit their purpose to re ect on
the true position," Mr Stallard said.
"Talleys do not own vessels, or employ
crew in the inshore shery.
"All vessels are owner-operated and,
as Talleys has made clear on a number
of occasions, the sole responsibility
for vessel work practices, employment,
navigation and health and safety lies
with the owner and master of the vessel.
" ere is nothing unusual with
this and the position is entirely
consistent with current maritime and
health and safety legislation and, Mr
Bradley's baseless assertion, made
through his counsel, regrettably does
not re ect either the truth or current
practices in place in industry," Mr
e sinking on the Lady Anna will
be aired again in a Coroner's Court
hearing in Greymouth next week.
Kumara cooks for 800
Newly-appointed Greymouth Volunteer Fire
Brigade chief re o cer Lee Swinburn, on the job at
the re station yesterday. A veteran re ghter of 26
years' experience, Mr Swinburn says he is
looking for ward to the new challenge. He takes up
the reins from long-ser ving chief Alan McEnaney,
who retired recently. Mr Swinburn said the brigade
was a good team and he did not expect much change.
" ere's going to be a bit more administration work
and I will have a new hat." Mr McEnaney's hat still
sits on the desk and it will be formally presented to
him in the near future.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Appeals from Ngahere residents have
convinced the New Zealand Transport
Agency to extend the 80kph speed
limit through the township, on State
After a truck rolled over near the
Nelson Creek Road intersection, NZTA
reviewed the speed limit and found
widespread support for extending that
at both the northern and southern
"While 80kph remains an appropriate
speed through Ngahere, extending the
80kph to both the north and south of
the town will ensure greater safety for
all vehicles travelling on State highway 7
and turning into or from adjoining side
roads," tra c and safety manager Tony
Spowart said today.
Initially the NZTA was only going
to extend the speed limit to the north,
but consultation revealed strong support
to extend it to the south as well, Mr
"Extending the 80kph speed limit to
include Camptown Road, to the south,
was considered important because of the
restricted visibility for vehicles turning
right from Camptown Road."
e speed zone will be extended 590m
to the north to include the Nelson Creek
Road intersection, and 680m to the
south to include the Camptown Road
e change has been gazetted and will
come into force within the next month.
Ngahere slowdown approved
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