Marriage break-up led to threat charge

21:54, Jun 23 2014

A 41-year-old man yesterday admitted threatening his former best friend with a gun.

In the Blenheim District Court, police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said Gareth Exton, of Koromiko, went to the victim's house on June 6, where they had a heated discussion about the victim spending time with Exton's wife.

The discussion escalated and Exton became inconsolable, before he told the victim he would go and get his gun, and put a bullet in him.

In explanation to police he said he could not remember what he had said during the confrontation.

His lawyer, Luke Radich, said his client had been heavily medicated following a back operation at the time of the argument, and was dealing with the breakdown of his 20-year marriage.

Judge Anthony Walsh convicted him and ordered him to come up for sentencing if called within six months.


"You have to understand . . . when you make threats like that they must be taken seriously," he said.

Stuart Arnold Hardy, 67, admitted a charge of male assaults female and one of unlawful possession of a firearm.

The Ward man was released following his appearance, on the understanding that he was to move back to Australia within the week.

Judge Walsh said Hardy had been drinking before the assault, which took place on Sunday about 6pm.

An argument between he and the victim began and she left the room and attempted to secure herself in another room.

When he followed her he tripped on a ladder, and grabbed her, before punching her several times in the head. She managed to get away from him and went next door to phone the police.

Walsh said Hardy had not appeared before the court on charges involving violence in the past.

He convicted him and fined him $250, and ordered him to pay $500 in reparations to the victim by 4pm today.

He also issued a final protection order against Hardy in favour of the victim, and convicted and discharged him on the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm. An order for the forfeiture of the gun was made.

Harold Edward Sharplin admitted charges of drink-driving, failing to stop to ascertain injury, and careless driving.

The court heard the Kaikoura man was in Christchurch on April 10 about 7.50pm, when he left a pub on Ferry Rd.

He crossed the centre line of the road, narrowly avoiding oncoming cars, before overcorrecting and narrowly avoiding parked cars.

He reached a traffic light and when it turned green he accelerated heavily, causing the vehicle to drift sideways, hitting the curb.

He then drove into the back of a car which was heading in the same direction as him, before driving on, hitting a sign post, driving over a raised centre island and crashing into another sign post.

He then drove into an address where he was staying.

A breath test showed he had a breath-alcohol level of 1078mcg per litre of breath.

The driver of the vehicle he hit was uninjured.

Sharplin told police he was driving home and had had a few drinks. Judge Walsh said Sharplin had two previous convictions for drink-driving and remanded him for sentencing on July 21.

Tadeusz Teel Wilson, 25, admitted a charge of unlawful hunting.

Harris said Wilson and an associate were hunting in the Awatere Valley on May 28 when they noticed fresh pig signs on the edge of the road.

They stopped their vehicle and attached a tracker to one of the dogs before letting them track the pig.

They then followed the GPS track to where the dogs had stopped, having caught the pig, 2 kilometres into a private property.

While they were inside the property the owner of the farm approached the pair and asked them for their details and why they were hunting on his property.

They gave the man false details and attempted to leave with the pig once they reached the road again.

Police were called and stopped the pair on their way back to Blenheim.

In court yesterday, Wilson told the judge the incident had been a case of "wrong time, wrong place", and they had waited hours before going to retrieve their dogs off the property.

The pig signs were on the road and they did not know the tracks would go into the property, he said.

He was remanded until July 14 for sentence.

His associate, William Samuel Pivac, also admitted the charge, and was sentenced to 150 hours' community work, and fined $700.

It was his third conviction of unlawful hunting, the judge said.

"You need to understand that what you are doing is illegal and that you can go to prison for up to two years on this type of offence," the judge said.

Jimmy William Neville, 22, was remanded for restorative justice to take place on a charge common assault.

The auto electrician was to reappear on September 15.

A 43-year-old man was sentenced to six months' supervision after admitting a charge of threatening behaviour.

The court heard that the man, a cleaner, raised his hand to his daughter's face during an argument.

He was granted final name suppression.

Robina Donette Hawkins, 45, had a charge of insulting language withdrawn when she appeared in court yesterday.

Logan Daniel Casey-Scannell, 21, denied two charges of burglary and made no plea on a third charge of burglary. He was remanded on bail until August 4 on all three charges.

Paul Lyle Peter Trainor, 19, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work after an unsuccessful attempt at restorative justice on a charge of assault.

The judge said Trainor and an associate had chased their victim after seeing them speaking to another person.

When they caught him, Trainor's associate pushed him to the wall and hit him a couple of times before he fell to the ground.

When he was on the ground Trainor kicked the victim in the torso.

He had not been in court before, and it was a pity he had now, the judge said.

"You need to realise when you put the boot into somebody, that's serious."

Grant Adam Tompson, 30, admitted a charge of drink-driving after he was stopped by police on Queen Charlotte Dr on June 7.

Harris said Tompson was pulled over about 4.30pm after he was seen crossing the centre line on the road.

A breath-test showed he had a breath-alcohol level of 604 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg per litre of breath.

He was convicted and fined $500 and was disqualified from driving for six months.

Stefan Andrew Obrien, 19, admitted a charge of drink-driving after he was stopped on Freswick St about 1.50am on June 1.

Police could smell a strong smell of alcohol coming from the car and conducted a breath test, which showed he had a breath-alcohol level of 588mcg per litre of breath.

The judge convicted him and fined him $400 and disqualified him from driving for six months.

"Learn from this Mr Obrien, if you're going to drink alcohol, just don't drive," he said.

Fenton Ian Marfell, 28, admitted to drink-driving after being stopped in Renwick on June 14.

Police stopped the Wairau Valley farmer on High St about 5.45pm after he pulled out of the supermarket car park in front of another car, causing the other driver to have to brake heavily.

He underwent a breath test which returned a level of 717mcg of alcohol per litre of breath.

He said he had only had about three beers but had not had much sleep or anything to eat since the night before.

The judge fined him $800 and disqualified him from driving for nine months.

A 50-year-old woman was remanded without plea when she appeared in court on two charges of assault. The Marlborough woman was granted interim name suppression and would reappear on July 7.

Tane Wairepo, of Redwoodtown, denied three charges of theft and was remanded for a case review hearing on August 4.

Max Lewis Veldkamp, 21, was remanded for sentencing on charges of breaching supervision, and breaching community work. He was to reappear on July 21.

Broghan Wyatt Rakete, 17, appeared on a charge of breaching his bail.

He was further remanded until July 14 for sentence on the charge.

"If you keep breaching your bail, you're going to end up in custody . . . bail conditions must be complied with," the judge said.

Gareth John Root, 30, admitted two charges of driving while disqualified, but denied a further six charges.

The painter has pleaded not guilty to a charge of threatening to kill, one of leaving a child without reasonable supervision, two of burglary, one of using a document to obtain a pecuniary advantage, and one of theft.

He was sentenced to 150 hours' community work on the charges of driving while disqualified, after driving twice outside the conditions of his limited licence.

He was disqualified from driving for 13 months and ordered to have no interest in a motor vehicle for 12 months.

On the denied charges he was remanded on bail until August 4 for a case review hearing.

"You're going to be on bail for quite a long time . . . if you breach your bail you may end up in custody," the judge warned Root.

Tukia Fotu, 24, was remanded without plea on a charge of breaching the conditions of his community detention. He was to reappear on July 7.

Shannon Robert Ward, 23, appeared for sentence after admitting a charge of breaching his community work.

He had previously been sentenced to the maximum hours of community work available in his circumstances, the judge said.

A probation report said the Spring Creek engineer had made a genuine effort to reduce the hours outstanding.

He was sentenced to six months' supervision.

Fiona Michelle Stubbs, 42, had her attendance excused from court yesterday, where she was called on charges of wilful damage and possession of an offensive weapon.

Her lawyer Rennie Gould entered pleas of guilty and not guilty to the charges respectively on her behalf.

She was to reappear on August 4 for a case review hearing.

Troy Edward Maddock, 22, pleaded guilty to two charges of obtaining an advantage by deception.

He entered no pleas to two further charges, of burglary and wilful damage.

The Christchurch man was remanded until July 7 for sentence on the two admitted charges.

Kori James Wairepo, 31, admitted a charge of receiving stolen property, knowing it to have been stolen. He was remanded until August 4 for a case review hearing.

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