Teen pleads guilty to tavern burglary

A 19-year-old broke into Redwoodtown Tavern and swiped alcohol worth nearly $600.

Yesterday at the Blenheim District Court Troy Emmett pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary which caused $1400 in damage to the bar.

Emmett and two other defendants in the early hours of May 3 climbed onto the roof of the pub and smashed a skylight but the glass did not break.

They returned to the tavern at 3.30am and broke the skylight and accessed the gaming room. They attempted to take a flat-screen TV but were unsuccessful, then stole 14 bottles of alcohol worth $593 from the bar. They left through a side door and returned to their home.

A search warrant of the defendant's home found the stolen alcohol.

Emmet said he had intended to sell the stolen alcohol.

Judge Bruce Davidson remanded the accused on continuing bail to appear in court on July 21. The judge ordered Emmett take part in a restorative justice programme.

A motorist was caught drink-driving on his way to the supermarket.

Graeme Cotterill, 41, from Koromiko sparked the concern of members of the public after he was seen crossing the central white lines while driving along Middle Renwick Rd. Cotterill drove to Pak 'n Save and was seen getting out of his car in an "extremely intoxicated state", police prosecutor Sergeant Jason Munro said.

A breath test showed he had 1077mcg of alcohol in 1 litre of breath.

Judge Bruce Davidson handed down 100 hours' community work and six months' supervision.

A Blenheim builder stole a cask of wine from Countdown as a dare, his defence lawyer has said.

Brent Sang, 50, pleaded guilty to shoplifting the alcohol worth $22 from the store on April 23. When apprehended by police he said he had no money and decided to steal the alcohol.

Defence lawyer Philip Watson said Sang had been drinking and it was a "bit of a dare".

Judge Bruce Davidson fined him $250 and ordered that the alcohol be returned.

A bottle of wine over dinner contributed to a Blenheim motorist being caught drink-driving with 551mcg of alcohol per litre of breath. Graeme Paul, 58, failed the breath test after being stopped on State Highway 60 on May 31. The financial worker was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for seven months.

A wine manager from Blenheim has been fined $700 and disqualified from driving for six months. Hudson Steele, 28, pleaded guilty to driving with excess blood alcohol. He was stopped by police on Middle Renwick Rd, Blenheim in the early hours of April 28. A blood sample showed 1017mcg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.

Defence lawyer Laurie Murdoch said the father-of-two he had been working long hours and regretted driving.

Steel fixer George Raj has been released on continuing bail ahead of sentencing on June 30.

Raj had been disqualified from driving but was caught by police on CCTV footage on February 26 driving along High St in Picton on a suspended licence.

Defence lawyer Laurie Murdoch said the 38-year-old father-of-five had been waiting with his wife and children to be picked up by friends from church.

"The friends took so long that the children were getting ratty and he made the bad call to drive home."

Labourer Joseph Rangi, 31, pleaded guilty to two counts of stealing car parts from Super Cheap Auto in Blenheim. On May 31, Rangi was seen on CCTV footage pocketing RCA wires with $349. He returned to the store four days later and was caught stealing a high stop rear light worth $50. Rangi told police he needed the parts but couldn't afford them. He was handed 50 hours' community service.

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