Kaikoura District Court

A man who threw a drink in a woman's face after she pointed a toy gun at him has been convicted and discharged.

James Harry Ramon Stowers, 26, of Christchurch, had been drinking in a West End bar on October 6 with the victim. They became involved in an argument and he threw his drink in her face.

Defence counsel Rob Harrison told the court the complainant had pointed a BB gun at Stowers, and he had believed it had pellets in it.

Stowers pleaded guilty to an amended charge of assault under the summary offences act, was convicted and discharged. Police prosecutor sergeant Mark Harris said police had not pursued this as they had believed it was a toy gun.

Guilty plea

Hayden Michael Manuel, 23, of Kaikoura, pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly behaviour after making obscene hand gestures to police in West End on October 6.

Defence counsel Rob Harrison said Manuel admitted the facts and had been heavily intoxicated at the time.

Judge Gary MacAskill warned Manuel to avoid being a public nuisance in future, and fined him $500.

Second chance

A man has been given another chance after being caught driving without a licence twice since appearing in court in May this year. Piri Matthews, also known as Cooper, 49, from Kaikoura, appeared in May, with the hearing adjourned so that he could get his licence. He has since been caught, on August 1 and again on October 21, which did not impress Judge MacAskill, who gave him one more month to get his licence. He is due to reappear on December 14.

Cannabis found

Aaron Waerea, 50, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis on October 4. Between eight and nine grams of cannabis were found in his car. Waerea was convicted and fined $350.

Drunk in cafe

Aaron James Norton, 34, of Kaikoura, was charged with being unlawfully on a property on October 5. The court heard Norton had been extremely intoxicated when he found his way to the back of the Pot Belly Cafe, West End, and entered the building. His noise awoke the business owner who was asleep upstairs. Norton told her he had been in the cafe all night and did not have to leave.

Defence counsel Rob Harrison said Norton had no recollection of the night's events, and had never been that drunk before. Judge MacAskill said he was imposing a significant amount of community work, 80 hours, because of the impact on the owners. More court, page 5

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