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Backpacker takes out
frustration on phone
A man who was told there was
no room at the inn at a Greymouth
backpackers yesterday took out his
frustration by smashing the phone.
The 48-year-old from Takaka,
had tried to book into the D uke
Backpackers, in Guinness Street.
Police caught up with him later
in the day and charged him with
intentional damage. Meanwhile, a
19-year-old Greymouth man was
caught driving after he had been
ordered off the road on Sunday
evening. Police stopped the motorist
in Shakespeare Street about 5.30pm
to find that he was a forbidden
driver. Police are investigating a fight
at Revingtons Hotel about 2am
on Sunday, when a doorman was
punched in the head. The victim was
not seriously injured.
Letterbox vandalism has started
again in Westport. Police said three
boxes were found in a Domett Street
garden on Friday night, having been
taken from addresses in Romilly and
Colvin streets and Eastons Road.
Meanwhile, between May 18 and
20 a Spypoint infra-red security
camera and wireless detector unit
were stolen from a Mountain Creek
property at Addisons Flat.
A 35-year-old visitor to Westport
was let off with a warning after
police picked him up at the weekend
for disorderly behaviour in Domett
Street. On Saturday, police stopped
a disqualified driver in Palmerston
Street. The 60-year-old Westport
man was unable to complete a
roadside breath test so had to
undergo blood test procedures.
He was charged for driving
while disqualified and his vehicle
A Westport man has been
appointed regional co-ordinator for
the Landcare Trust in the newly
established West Coast regional
office. Mike Copeland’s initial
emphasis will be working with rural
communities to improve water
quality. The role is part-funded by
Dairy NZ and the Department of
Conser vation. Mr Copeland will be
known to some farmers as a previous
the QEII Trust Coast representative.
He has a wastewater design business.
Gilbert re-elected as
WC Forest and Bird
Mikonui resident Kathy Gilbert
was re-elected as chairwoman of the
West Coast branch of Forest and
Bird at the group’s annual meeting
at the weekend. Brenda Kaye, of
Reefton, is secretary. “O ur main
focus as always is giving nature a
voice, so maintaining the West Coast
biodiversity and natural landscapes
is central to our focus in the year
ahead,” Ms Gilbert said.
Departures: Ocean Odyssey, Cook
Canyon, one Greymouth vessel.
In port: Tainui, Garraway, Electra,
Happy V, Tawera, 25 other vessels.
Expected arrivals: Moon Shadow II,
today; Galatea II, Sunday.
A 71-year-old Kaihinu man was remanded
in custody to appear in the Westport District
Court tomorrow, after the two lawyers at the
Greymouth District Court refused to represent
Douglas Rae Cook was arrested on Tuesday
night, charged with contravening a protection
order and breaching his bail conditions. He had
previously been forbidden from contacting his
However, when he appeared in court yesterday,
lawyer Eymard Bradley said that both he and
fellow lawyer Richard Bodle had previously
been in conflict with Cook, and could not
advance his bail application.
Cook said that on Monday he had driven his
partner to court, as she had wanted to lift the
protection order against him.
Judge Jane McMeeken said that despite
his partner’s request, he should not have had
any contact with her. Cook said he wanted a
protection order against his partner to stop her
from coming to his property.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer suggested that
Cook be kept in custody and appear in court
tomorrow, in Westport.
A 34-year-old Greymouth man was fined
$2250, banned from driving for 13 months
and ordered to pay $198 in costs after he was
Scott John Aynsley, of Greymouth, had been
driving along State highway 7 through Kaiata
when he was stopped by police. He was given a
blood test, recording a level of 117mcg.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Aysnley was
well-regarded by his employer, although his
employer had taken the matter very seriously.
His last offence had been in 2000. It had been
his third offence overall.
Judge Jane McMeeken said another
conviction would mean jail.
A Cobden man was convicted on three
counts of shoplifiting and ordered to come
up for sentencing within 10 months after
repeatedly stealing wine from both Greymouth
On March 19, Dale Bruce Small, 38, stole an
$18 bottle of wine from Countdown, and on
April 21 he stole a $36 three-itre cask of wine
from the store, and then a $21 cask of wine
from New World, on April 28.
On all three occasions Small had placed the
item in a plastic bag, which he hid near the
entrance, and then picked up the bag on the
Small admitted he was a recovering alcoholic,
who had a longstanding drinking problem. He
had previously been a labourer but had been
unemployed since last October.
He said he had committed the offences after
a relationship breakdown with his partner.
However, since then he had been on a 12-
step recovery programme. He was also upset,
humiliated and remorseful for what he had
A Runanga man who drove while his licence
was suspended was remanded until July 1.
On February 23, Phillip Thwaites, 44, was
suspended from driving due to having an
excess of demerit points. He was again caught
by police driving in Greymouth on May 2, but
he thought he had got his licence back that day.
He was bailed for special reasons arguments
to be put for ward at his next court appearance.
A 24-year-old Cobden man was fined $700,
banned from driving for six months and ordered
to pay $189 in costs after he was caught drink-
driving in Greymouth, on April 12.
Daniel Thomas Fountain was stopped at a
police checkpoint. He was given a blood test
In court, Fountain admitted he had made a
A Runanga woman was ordered to come up
for sentencing within six months after police
found equipment for using cannabis at her
On April 23, police searched Shae Leonard’s
property after spotting something suspicious
growing in the window of the house.
A search found a modified glass bottle, used
for consuming cannabis.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Leonard claimed
that the pipe had been left by a previous boarder
at her property, who had left the house last
year. She had a job in hospitality, and did
not use drugs as she had a five-year-old
However, Mr Bodle said Leonard admitted
she had a “naive attitude” toward some of the
people she allowed to board in her house.
Judge Jane McMeeken said it was “dubious”
that the pipe had been left over from someone
Leonard also had 123 hours of community
work outstanding for a previous offence.
A Dobson woman was fined $400 and banned
from driving for six months for drink-driving
on March 22.
Belynda Krystal Beach, 40, said she had a
couple of drinks with friends after work, and
then drove into Greymouth to get some food.
After being stopped by police she blew 532mg
in a breath test.
the public to
help identify an arsonist in the Cobden
On Friday, a vehicle parked on the
corner of Ward and Taylor streets was
set alight, and on Sunday a vacant Bright
Street house was torched. Both fires
occurred about 8pm and were quickly
Detective constable Mat Tailby, of the
Greymouth police, said investigators
were satisfied that both fires had been
“This is extremely dangerous behaviour
that could easily lead to loss of life and we
need the public to assist us in identifying
the person responsible before further harm
Police were keen to speak to anyone who
was in the vicinity of either fire or had
information that may be relevant to the
Information can be given anonymously
calling Crimestoppers on freephone 0800
On Monday, Cobden Volunteer Fire
Brigade chief fire officer Gary Pollock said
the fires had been quickly contained, but
he expressed concern that a firebug was at
The latest two blazes take the number of
suspicious fires in Cobden to four, after
two others in early May.
Police seek public help to identify Cobden arsonist
A 22-year-old Grey-
mouth woman was
sentenced to 60 hours
of community work for
possessing LSD and
A police search of
Jasmine Jenner’s flat on
April 28 found small
quantities of both drugs.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley
said the drugs had been
for “one time use”. Jenner
had been released two
months ago from a short
She had not completed a
community work sentence
because her maternal
grandmother had passed
away, and she had had
to look after her son for
However, Jenner’s son
was now living with her
mother in Oamaru, and
she only saw her child
Judge Jane McMeeken
said it was a shame to
see a young woman
being involved in these
A Runanga woman was
sentenced to 40 hours of
community work after she
was found in possession
of a mature cannabis plant
at her home.
Police searched found
the plant in a wardrobe
at the home of Megan
Valerie Muir, 52, after a
search of her home on
Bradley said Muir had
three previous charges
of cultivating cannabis,
previous to 1995, saying
she was a “casual user” of
A Greymouth man was
bailed to appear on June
17 after he breached a
protection order imposed
by his former partner.
Mark Cuthbert, 26,
had been supposed to
appear in court on March
31. However, he said his
lawyer had not been in
touch with him about
the date. Cuthbert had
contacted the court, and
upon being told a warrant
was out for his arrest he
had contacted the police
and tried to sort the
matter out straight away.
He also wanted to
change his plea over the
offence to guilty.
Cuthbert was told not to
have any contact with his
ex-partner, who he said
was now living in New
Ross Sadler, 23, of Ngahere, admitted
in the Greymouth District Court
yesterday to pulling a door handle off
a Greymouth taxi when he was being
taken home about 3am on April 13.
The court heard that Sadler was “very
drunk” and became angry when he was
not the first patron to catch a lift.
When he got into the taxi he touched
the taxi driver’s hair and was then
ordered out of the car. As he did, Sadler
wrenched the cab door handle out of its
Sadler said he was holding the door
and “she pulled it”.
“This is what you are like when
drunk, and you shouldn’t drink,” Judge
McMeeken told Sadler.
He was convicted and fined $400 and
ordered to pay $250 reparation.
Ross Paul Groom, 34, of Blaketown,
admitted to behaving in a disorderly
manner, possession of cannabis and
trespassing on an enclosed yard on
Police prosecutor Steven Green said
Groom had abused a woman when he
visited the victim’s home.
Police were called and found .5g of
cannabis in his pocket. Groom told
police that he went to the victim’s house
because she had upset his mother.
After his release, Groom went to
Revingtons Hotel, where he abused
the bar manager with a racist slur, then
smashed a sign.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said the
argument was over a dog.
Groom accepted he was an alcoholic,
was on medication and went on a
“ bender” after losing his job in the
Judge McMeeken told Groom that
alcohol did him “no good at all”.
He was convicted on all charges,
ordered to paying $100 reparation to
Revingtons Hotel, and had 80 hours of
community work added to his existing
Tracey Leigh Beynon, 44, of Kumara,
was placed on 12 months’ supervision
and ordered to pay reparation of $617
when she pleaded guilty to wilful
trespass and unlawfully interfering
with a motor vehicle, at Otira on April
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said
Beynon arrived at the victim’s home
and wanted to talk to her. She was
arrested for trespass on May 8.
Two days later Beynon, while her ex-
partner was at a rugby match, used wire
to open the door of his car. A witness
saw her and told the owner, her ex-
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Beynon
had been going through a messy
relationship break-up at the time.
ride turns angry
A Greymouth man who was caught
while waiting to
appear at court on a previous drink-
Simon James Allen, 21, had been
sentenced to appear in court on
February 11, after being caught drink-
driving in December.
However, just five days before that,
on February 6, he was spotted by police
speeding. After being stopped by police
he blew 584mg on a breath test.
Judge Jane McMeeken said it was
“ unbelievable” that Allen should be
caught drink-driving while awaiting
court on the same type of offence. She
said Allen risked “drinking himself into
Allen was sentenced to 100 hours
of community work, five months of
community detention and banned from
driving for nine months.
A Stillwater man who smashed
car windows after a boozy birthday
celebration was sentenced to 40 hours
of community work and ordered to pay
reparations of $287.
Matthew Schlager, 19, of Stillwater,
had been out celebrating his birthday
with friends on April 26. In the early
hours of the following morning he came
across a car parked on the Cobden side
of Cobden Bridge. He then smashed
the front driver and passenger door
windows of the car, before climbing
inside and trying to start it.
Police came across the car, the
headlights of which Schlager had
turned on as they drove past.
When questioned by police as to
his actions he said he had to get
to his job on a dairy farm to “do the
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said it was
offence, and he had a good work history,
despite being previously disqualified
from driving. Mr Bradley said he was
concerned about Schlager being given a
Judge Jane McMeeken said she was
concerned that Schlager’s convictions
covered two pages, saying that so many
convictions made judges concerned
about the future of young men like
A former car thief was sentenced to
60 hours of community work after
receiving a stolen bike.
Annalise Elizabeth Tunnicliffe, 18,
of Christchurch, was charged with
receiving a bike, stolen from a walking
track on January 19. Police found the
bike at her sister’s home.
Tunnicliffe was already ser ving
community work for a previous offence,
and had 230 hours remaining on her
She had been
Christchurch for sentencing, as that was
she now lived. When asked by Judge
Jane McMeeken why she had moved,
Tunnicliffe said that she had recently
moved to complete a trades course
there. She had left the same course in
Greymouth, as her previous tutor used
to swear at her.
Tunnifliffe said she would carry out
her community work sentence at the
weekend from the marae.
Judge McMeeken said any more
mean jail for Tunnicliffe.
Drink-driver caught while
facing previous charge
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Greymouth businesses in promotional video
Cameraman Dean Trolle films Rewa Kanara and Sarah Burdon for a local television commercial advertising DP1 Cafe, in Mawhera
Quay, Greymouth this morning. “It will be screened in local hotels and motels as a promotion of the business and what we can offer.
It is another form of advertising for us which will target visitors to Greymouth,” Ms Burdon said.
for drug offences
Lesley Anzita Simon, 59, of Hokitika,
was convicted and sentenced to 80 hours of
community work for using a pot plant as a
weapon of assault.
The Greymouth District Court heard that
Simon was visited at home by a group of
people. An argument ensued as she stood on
her balcony and the visitors were below in the
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Simon
“foolishly” picked up a pot plant, which she
had intended to throw at one of the visitor’s
Judge McMeeken warned Simon that if she
faced any more charges she would end up in
A Hokitika man told police he was “wasted ”
when he was pulled over on May 14 after he
failed to stop at a compulsory stop sign.
James Tuhuru Gibbs, 21, of Hokitika,
admitted driving under the influence of
cannabis and using obscene language.
The obscene language offence arose when
Gibbs was undertaking community work in
Ross and yelled an insulting joke at an off-
duty police officer.
A Corrections officer at the site confirmed
she had heard the joke. When the police officer
confronted Gibbs about it he abused him.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Gibbs was
grabbed twice by the police officer.
“All the work gang were yelling,” Mr Bodle
Gibbs was disqualified from driving for six
months, ordered to come up for sentence
within three months, and 90 hours of
Jacob Tamati Beckett, 19, of Awatuna, was
given a second chance when he was told
charges of driving without a licence and failing
to comply would be withdrawn if he obtained
his licence. He was remanded until July 15.
A Hokitika woman who admitted she was
an alcoholic and in the 12 Step recovery
programme, was convicted for drink-driving
on May 5.
Kristine Rachel Esson, 41, of Hokitika,
crashed her car on a verge. She blew 901mg
after the crash.
Mr Bodle said it was the first time for some
time that Esson had had a drink.
“ You are drinking yourself into a jail cell
you have had three convictions in five
years,” Judge McMeeken said.
Esson was convicted and remanded for
sentencing on July 1.
A German man who attacked his 24-year-
old daughter at Franz Josef Glacier last month
after a confrontation over reversing their car,
was convicted and fined $1000.
Thomas Marschall, 55, and his daughter, both
from Frankfurt, were travelling around New
Zealand. The court heard his daughter attacked
him first when she became angry that he was
not helping her as she tried to reverse the car.
Her father then assaulted her while she was
on the ground outside the car. She needed
four stitches to her lip and suffered a large
contusion behind her ear.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Narschall was
heavily intoxicated, as was his daughter.
“Mr Narschall has not been allowed contact
with his daughter, nor has he been able to
contact her,” Mr Bodle said.
As soon as Narschall realised it was her
daughter he was assaulting he stopped.
“He is very upset about the way he behaved.”
Pot plant used as a weapon of assault
DAVIDSON, Alice and
Jim. — An interment of
Alice and Jim's ashes
will take place at
Park Cemetery on Satur-
day May 31, 2014 at
1pm (their 61st
Wednesday May 28
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Francis. — The family
of the late Lily Corkran
wish to thank friends
and family for the many
letters, cards and flowers
we received following
the death of a loving
wife and mother. We
would also like to thank
the many people who
attended the funeral with
special thanks to Father
Phil King-Turner and
the wonderful staff at
Dixon House and Grey
Richard. — MBE, JP.
Passed away peacefully
on Tuesday May 27,
2014 at his home in the
company of his loving
family. Loving husband
and best friend of
Angela, much loved
father and father-in-law
of Sonya and Craig
Fraser, Stephen and
Sharon, and Marlene
and Geoff Holgate,
Kristofer, Anna and
Callan and Angela,
loving son of the late
Vince and Elizabeth
Tvrdeic, loved son-in-
law of the late Vica and
Anton Telenta (Mel-
bourne), loved brother
and brother-in-law of
the late Doreen and
George Burich, Mary
and the late Ken Hall
(Melbourne), Jessie and
the late Tom Telenta
uncle of Mara Burich,
and loved by all his
extended family. In his
year. Messages to
69 Bright Street,
7802. Former National
President of the United
Mine Workers of New
Zealand (1981-84) and
Former President of
the Runanga State
Miners Union (1977 -
82). Pocivaj u Miru. A
celebration of Norman's
life will be held in the
Anisy Ceremony Centre,
77 Shakespeare Street,
Greymouth on Saturday
at 11.30am followed by
interment at the Karoro
Lawn Cemetery. Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
Qualified FD Since 1973
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