Teen owns up to theft, assault

Last updated 15:10 08/05/2012

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A Blenheim teenager was sentenced yesterday for a crime spree, including theft of more than $2500 of property, drink-driving and assault.

Between March and August last year Chazzity Rose Apihaka Keefe, 18, unemployed, was involved in 11 thefts from premises in Grovetown and Blenheim, including the Springlands Lifestyle Village and from seven separate victims at the Stadium 2000, Judge Denys Barry said in Blenheim District Court yesterday.

Items stolen included cash, wallets, sunglasses and clothes.

Keefe was also sentenced after being caught driving with an excess breath alcohol reading of 534 micrograms at 2.35am on January 1 on Muller Rd, when she also gave police false details about her name and address.

The woman whose name Keefe gave to police had been greatly distressed when she was served a warrant for failing to appear in court, Judge Barry said.

The court also heard that on January 9 this year Keefe approached two women walking in a Blenheim street. Keefe attacked one of the women, pushing her over, pulling her to her feet by her ear and threatening her.

She admitted the charges and Judge Barry sentenced her to three months' community detention and ordered her to pay $2792 reparation for the theft.

The sentence took into account more than 40 days Keefe spent in custody last year for other offences that took place before September. Her driver's licence was also suspended for six months.

Other cases in Blenheim District Court yesterday were: Maxim Jean Parisot, 21, a vineyard worker from France, admitted trespassing at Sequoia Lodge Backpackers, Picton when he appeared yesterday before Judge Denys Barry. Parisot was convicted and ordered to appear for sentencing in August.

He had been trespassed from Sequoia Lodge Backpackers for 24 months, but said he went in to get a cigarette from a friend.

Kori James Wairepo, 29, unemployed, of Blenheim, admitted to a breach of parole conditions and was ordered to attend alcohol and drug counselling, continue community work, and comply with parole conditions.

Joshua David Patrick, 28, shop assistant, of Mayfield, careless driving causing injury, remanded until July 23.

Zhang Rong Wei, 53, businessman, of Picton, admitted to driving while suspended and was fined $200, disqualified from driving and from holding a driver's licence for six months.

Warren Ihaka Takimoana, 45, of Blenheim, admitted to a breach of community work and driving while disqualified, fined $150, plus court costs, disqualified from driving and holding a driver's licence for six months, on top of his indefinite disqualification from driving.

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Matthew John Farrant, of Blenheim, admitted to wilful damage – slashing the tyre of a car at a Nelson car dealer – and ordered to pay $100 reparation.

Kim Lesley Long, 51, of Tuamarina, admitted to common assault and was ordered to reappear in court for sentencing in November.

Nathan Daniel Paul McLaren, 24, pruner, of Mayfield, breach of community work, remanded on bail until June 18.

Jeremy Paul Newport, 27, of Blenheim, sexual connection with a young person, remanded on bail until May 28.

Drink-drive charges:

Bruce Alan Wealleans, 51, plasterer, of Springlands, admitted to driving with excess breath alcohol (third or subsequent charge) of 772mcg (legal limit is 400mcg), sentenced to six months' supervision, 50 hours' community work, disqualified from driving and holding a driver's licence for 12 months and one day.

Maria Hauia, 39, of Witherlea, admitted to driving with excess breath alcohol of 767mcg, sentenced to 70 hours' community work, six months' supervision, and disqualified from driving or holding a driver's licence for 12 months and one day.

Correction

A charge of possession of cannabis against Holly Gill, of Renwick, was dismissed when she appeared in Blenheim District Court last week. The Express incorrectly reported on Tuesday that she admitted the charge. This admission related to another charge. We apologise for the error.

- The Marlborough Express

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