Man denies sex charge

In the Blenheim District Court on Monday, Alan Nelson Wati, 41, from Riversdale, pleaded not guilty to unlawful sexual connection with a female.

He pleaded guilty to injury with intent to do grievous bodily harm, four counts of male assaults female, one count of making threats to kill/to commit grievous bodily harm, one count of unlawful assault on a female of 16 and assault on a person with a blunt instrument.

Defence lawyer Rennie Gould said she was not seeking bail for her client.

Wati will face a judge-alone trial.

He was remanded in custody to reappear in the court for a case review hearing on July 7.

Also in court on Monday, Ringi Rene, 26, from Nelson, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and driving while holding a revoked licence.

The court heard that on April 6, he was stopped by police on the Coastal Highway to Nelson. A breath test showed he was over the limit with a reading 992 micrograms of alcohol per 1 litre of breath.

His licence was revoked but he was caught again by police on April 25, driving a car and running a red light.

The judge imposed 100 hours' community work, six months' supervision and banned him from driving for eight months.

Dion Harrison, 35, a car groomer from Witherlea, pleaded guilty to obtaining by deception $111.04 of petrol from the Thrifty Car Rental petrol account.

He had been employed at the company and, between April 1 and 3, he went to the Z service station in Middle Renwick Rd and instructed that his fill of petrol was to be charged to the company account.

Defence lawyer Philip Watson said Harrison had lost his job since the incident. He was handed 50 hours' community work and ordered to repay the $111.04 within three months.

Brody John Thompsett, 21, admitted a charge of careless driving when he appeared yesterday.

The court heard that the Blenheim vineyard worker had been having an argument with his passenger as they drove to Blenheim from Tuamarina.

As they reached Grovetown, he told his passenger he was going to swerve the car into a ditch to kill them both.

He approached a bend and drove straight towards the edge of the road, but turned just before driving off the road.

The judge convicted Thompsett and ordered him to undergo a driving course.

Jonathan J Junior Taualangi Robertson, 22, was convicted and ordered to come up for sentence if called within six months on a charge of breaching a protection order.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said the breach related to text messages sent by the defendant to the protected person. They were not offensive, he said.

Brendon Shane Phillips, 45, admitted a charge of cultivating cannabis.

He was fined $300, and an order for the destruction of the seized cannabis was made.

Richard Ian Gleeson, 50, was further remanded on charges of cultivating cannabis and possession of cannabis for the purpose of sale.

A second charge of cultivating cannabis had been added, and Gleeson was remanded without plea on all three charges until July 8.

The Marlborough Express