Flat bike tyres lead to 23rd driving ban

Last updated 09:41 22/07/2014

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A 48-year-old man has been sentenced to home detention after his 23rd driving-while-disqualified conviction.

David George Bowring, 48, of Blenheim, was stopped by police about 12.30am on April 26 when he was driving in Cleghorn St. Police had seen him driving through a stop sign without stopping.

Bowring admitted he was a disqualified driver and told police he had driven because he had an old leg injury and struggled to walk far.

At the Blenheim District Court yesterday, his lawyer, Rob Harrison, said Bowring usually cycled but his tyres were flat. He had been let down by someone who was supposed to have given him a ride.

Judge Bill Hastings said Bowring appeared to have been offered "every rehabilitative service going". He acknowledged the frequency of his offending had diminished as he got older. It was "extraordinarily unusual" not to get a jail sentence for a 23rd driving-while-disqualified conviction.

Bowring was sentenced to five months' home detention, disqualified from driving for 13 months starting on August 19, and ordered to do 150 hours' community work.

Siblings remanded

A brother and sister appeared for their part in a Picton crime spree.

Lucifer Schuster, 17, admitted two charges of burglary and 12 of unlawfully interfering with a motor vehicle. The offending happened in Picton between May 28 and June 13.

Schuster was remanded on bail until August 18 for sentencing.

His sister, Bonnie Ray Harley Zivanna Schuster, 22, admitted receiving stolen property, including tools, firearms, knives, a Garmin GPS system and a laptop, valued at $2500, but denied taking a $15,000 vehicle and unlawfully interfering with a vehicle.

She was remanded on bail with a 7.30pm to 7am curfew until August 25 for a case-review hearing on the charges she had denied. The judge ordered a pre-sentencing report for the charges she admitted.

Their brother and alleged co-offender, Taia Huatahi Schuster, 21, remains in custody after appearing in court on July 8, when he was remanded until August 18 for a case-review hearing.

Theft

Teone Manu Filipo admitted stealing an iPhone from Springlands Tavern on April 16. Filipo was in the gaming room when he found the phone, valued at $559, next to a machine and put it in his pocket. The offending was caught on security-camera footage. He was ordered to pay reparations of $559 and ordered to complete 40 hours' community work.

■ Troy Peter Emmett, 19, pleaded guilty to stealing a pregnancy test from Countdown supermarket in Blenheim. He was seen by staff hiding the test in his jacket pocket on July 15.

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Emmett also admitted a charge of burglary, for which he was completing a restorative-justice programme. He was remanded on bail until October 20.

Trespass

David William Moore, an agricultural technician, after admitting wilful trespass in Picton on June 28, was fined $100.

Assault

Kelly Leslie Andrews, 37, was sentenced to three months' community detention and 12 months' intensive supervision for assaulting a female and assault with intent to injure.

Andrews was at home in Koromiko on May 16 with associates, including the victim. They had been drinking, and Andrews became upset with the victim about how she was behaving with one of their associates. He then asked her to sit next to him.

When she did not move, he walked to her, picked her up and carried her to where he had been sitting. She struggled away and went back to where she had been sitting, before he followed her and grabbed her by her arms. She struggled again, slapping him before he bit her. The pair were broken up by their associates.

About midnight, Andrews went into the bedroom where the victim was and dragged her off the bed on to the floor by her arms.

He then bit her on the head, nose and arms before their associates restrained Andrews and the victim ran away and called her father, who came to pick her up.

The judge said the victim suffered bruising to her lips, bite marks on her nose, and bruising to her chin, ears, arms and hip. She also had some hair pulled out.

In a victim-impact statement, she said she had never seen Andrews rage that way for such a long time and was scared for her life.

The judge sentenced him to three months' community detention with a 7pm to 7am curfew to begin on Thursday. He was also sentenced to 12 months' intensive supervision, with conditions to attend assessment for drug and alcohol treatment, have a psychiatric assessment, and be assessed for a domestic-violence programme.

In custody

Joseph Tony John Burt, 23, of Riversdale, has been remanded in custody on 12 charges.

Burt is charged with using a knife as a weapon after entering a property without authority and with intent to commit an imprisonable offence, possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis utensils, drink-driving on a zero-alcohol licence, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, threatening to injure, assault, and three charges of stealing petrol.

His lawyer, Philip Watson, said he needed more time to review more than 200 pages of disclosure.

Burt entered no plea and was remanded until August 4.

Drink-driving

A Blenheim publican has been convicted of drink-driving for the third time.

Simon Warren Clifford Croft admitted his third or subsequent drink-driving charge.

Croft, who owns Fairweathers Bar in Scott St, was stopped at a police checkpoint in Lee St in Blenheim about 6.40pm on May 20. His breath-alcohol level was 491 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jason Munro said Croft told police he had drunk three to four glasses of beer.

His previous two convictions were in 1978 and 1999.

Croft's lawyer Peter Radich said his record was at the "better end" of the category. It had been nine years since he had received even a speeding ticket, he said.

Croft's alcohol level was also at the lower end of the scale, Radich said.

Judge Bill Hastings said he acknowledged Croft's previous two convictions were from "the last century".

"Nevertheless, if you drink and drive, you put others at risk in the community, as well as yourself."

Croft was ordered to pay a $500 fine and was disqualified from driving for six months.

■ Harold Edward Sharplin appeared on his third or subsequent drink-driving charge. He was remanded on bail until August 18.

■ Catherine Louise O'Carroll, a hospitality worker in Blenheim, admitted a charge of drink-driving. She was convicted of two drink-driving offences in 2008.

She was stopped by police driving on Main St at 2.10am on July 11. Her breath-alcohol level was 769mcg.

She told police she had four glasses of wine and was on her way to buy cigarettes.

The judge said four glasses of wine did not seem like a lot, but it had been enough to put her over the limit. O'Carroll was disqualified from driving for one year and fined $800.

- The Marlborough Express

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