Former sports club boss in court on theft charges

A prominent West Auckland softball coach has had his first day in court facing charges that could result in a prison sentence.

Wayne Darryl Reeves, 53, appeared in Waitakere District Court on Wednesday charged with allegedly making a false bank cheque drawn from Starling Park Sports Club and dishonestly dealing in property with $155,000 also related to the park. The former Waitakere Bears premier men's coach and park chairman is alleged to have carried out these acts in December 2012.

Mr Reeves liaised with Auckland Council, the project manager and contractors at the time of the tiger turf installation.

The Henderson resident was elected chairman in 2007 but was stood down in November 2013.

Mr Reeves occasionally played for the Bears reserve grade team and picked up a Service Award for his contribution to the game at the Auckland Softball Association Awards.

Mr Reeves is to reappear in court on April 2.

Western Leader