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2 - Friday, February 14, 2014
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Why have your
loved ones taken
away from the Coast
The only Greymouth
HATELEY, Ralph. ---
We would like to
express our gratitude to
all those who could
attend Ralph's final fare-
well to celebrate a life
well lived. The flowers,
cards, baking, phone
calls, visits and support
over these past months
have been much
appreciated. For the
support from a dedicated
team of doctors, district
nurses - thank you - we
could not have cared for
Ralph at home without
your caring expertise.
Thanks to the Westport
Golf Club members for
their support and for the
guard of honour for their
Patron. On behalf of the
family, extended family
and special friend Phyl,
we extend our heartfelt
thanks. Please accept
this as a personal
Gwen (Pam). --- Passed
away on February 14,
Sadly missed and
Always thinking of you
--- Love from Brian,
Bradley and Samantha.
West Coast residents will get a chance to
discover their authentic voice through singing
techniques during a workshop at Karoro
Learning next weekend.
Marie Dobson uses creative exercises and
classical scales and teaches people how to
freestyle in a harmonious group session.
"Take that song, or those written words you
have always wanted to explore and extend your
talent. If you're an experienced singer, or just
like to sing in the shower, then this is a great
opportunity for you," she said.
Dobson is a classically trained singer and
songwriter, with a background as a rhythm
She said she had carved her own path as a
vocal percussionist and had to work hard to get
the voice she had now.
Dobson has performed at various events and
festivals including the opening for a Rugby
World Cup game in Taranaki, and the Lights
Festival in New Plymouth.
e workshop runs on February 22-23
from 10am to 4.30pm at Karoro Learning.
Registrations close this Sunday. Entry is $65,
with some discounts available.
Cheaper fine option
prompts plea change
breach brings jail
A Greymouth man who breached a
protection order four times late last year
was yesterday sentenced to six months in
However, Greymouth District Court
Judge Gary MacAskill accepted that
the complainant had in some cases
instigated the contact.
Brendon John Baldwin, 39, admitted
the four charges after police withdrew a
further ve charges.
He had breached the order by hiding
in bushes outside the woman's home,
riding a motorbike up her driveway,
stopping a vehicle beside her as she was
ushering a child from her car to school,
and driving around the block fours
times and peering through the window
of a Greymouth business house that the
woman had entered.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said there were
faults on both sides as the woman often
invited Baldwin around, despite the
It was one of the cases where the
protection order was often used as a
sword, not a shield, he said.
Judge MacAskill agreed, saying that
it was unfortunate that some women
protected by court orders continued to
have contact with the men concerned
and then chose to enforce the order only
when it suited them.
However, Baldwin had a long history
of breaching protection orders, having
been imprisoned for three months on
one charge and 10 months on another of
threatening to kill.
Sentencing Baldwin to six months in
prison, the judge took into account that
he had already been in custody on remand
for two months and would e ectively be
out by April, also taking into account
time ser ved and good behaviour.
Kandace Blackburn, 29, formerly of
Ngahere, was ned $750 on a charge of
Several arrest warrants have been
issued for Blackburn, who is now living
in the Auckland area, but she was
located this week and agreed to plead
guilty to the charge.
Judge MacAskill imposed the ne in
Michael Stanley, 20, of Blaketown, was
ned $700 and disquali ed from driving
for six months for driving with excess
Workshop to sharpen singing voices
'Angry young man' jailed
An "angry young man" from Hokitika
was jailed for ve months when he
appeared in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday for taking a baseball bat
to another man's car in a jealous t of
Toa Tokomaru Marino, 29, admitted
charges of intentional damage,
possessing an o ensive weapon (the bat),
dangerous driving and using o ensive
language in unwelcome texts.
e main charges dated back to
September last year, when Marino had
known a Greymouth woman for about
eight months. He had been seeking a
physical relationship but the woman
wanted it to remain on a friendly basis.
On September 29, realising that
another man was visiting the woman,
Marino sent her a nasty text then drove
to her place yelling for the man to come
out so he could ght him.
e occupants locked the doors and
Marino eventually drove away, but he
returned soon after with the baseball
bat, which he took to the front and
rear windscreens and the driver's side-
window of the other man's car.
Marino then drove o at speed along
High Street --- a 50kph zone --- at about
90kph, overtaking one vehicle on the
inside, before police managed to stop
On December 26, Marino was again
enraged and sent abusive texts to the
mother of another woman with whom
he had rowed. e recipient of those
texts told police that she had never
met Marino, or had interaction with
him, and was concerned and distressed
because she did not know who sent the
texts or why.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Marino
reacted badly to stress but he also had
a signi cant degree of spirituality and
awareness of whanau. He was developing
a sense of responsibility.
Although Marino presented as an
angry young man he had come to
realise that his misbehaviour was
unacceptable and he was determined
However, a doubting Judge Gary
MacAskill said that given Marino's
recent actions it was hard to see any
evidence of change.
Marino had gone to jail in 2006, 2007,
2009, 2010 and 2012, and no other
sentence would be appropriate on this
"Your o ending is all about your
unreasonable response to situations.
You present as a very poor candidate
for a community-based sentence," Judge
Marino was also disquali ed from
driving for nine months and ordered to
pay $2000 reparation for the damage to
A Cobden man, o ered the choice of a $750
ne for a guilty plea, or a $1000 ne if he was
found guilty after a defended hearing, plumped
for the cheaper option in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday.
Mathew Timothy Sears, 24, was one of two
occupants of a car that police pulled over on July
27. Police had the vehicle in view at all times but
by the time they got to the car, the driver's seat
was empty; one man was in the front passenger
seat and Sears was in the back.
As nobody had got out of the vehicle and both
men denied driving, they were both breath-
tested and charged with driving with excess
breath-alcohol, but a judge later dismissed those
charges saying that it was not for the court to
guess who was driving.
Police then laid other charges against both
men, alleging that they had refused to identify
who was driving. e other man pleaded to that
charge in December, receiving a $750 ne, but
Sears maintained that he was comatose in the
backseat and had no idea who was driving, and
pleaded not guilty.
He had elected to have a defended hearing
yesterday but when Judge Gary MacAskill put
the options before him he vacated the not guilty
plea and was ned $750.
A man who tossed a cigarette lighter at his
partner during a domestic row was sentenced
in the Greymouth District Court yesterday
to 150 hours of community work and nine
months' supervision, including an alcohol
and drug assessment and anger management
Ihakara Titama Smith, 22, was also ordered to
pay $50 to police, which was the cost of painting
over obscenities he etched into a cell door at the
Greymouth Police Station.
He admitted charges of assault and intentional
e court heard the woman had thrown the
lighter rst but it missed Smith, who picked it
up and threw it back, hitting her on the knee.
She then threw a can of salmon, which hit him
on the back before he punched her and grabbed
her by the shoulders, forcing her back into a
door jamb. When he was placed in a police cell
to cool down, Smith scratched an anti-police
message on a door.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said it had been a "tit
for tat" row, but Smith accepted that he should
have simply walked away and not got involved
in a physical confrontation.
Assault, cell damage
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