Man loses licence indefinitely, again

A Blenheim man who was caught drink driving at nearly four times the legal limit has lost his driver's licence indefinitely, for a second time.

Tiria Kerry Neill, 30, was sentenced on a drink driving charge, his third or subsequent, as well as a charge of driving while disqualified when he appeared in the Blenheim District Court on Monday. 

Neill was caught driving by police in Cheviot on December 24, about 9.30pm. He underwent a breath-screening test, which returned a result of 947 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 250mcg.

He was indefinitely disqualified from driving on September 19 last year.

Judge Bruce Davidson sentenced Neill to five months' community detention, with a curfew from 9pm to 5am, nine months' supervision, drug and alcohol counselling, and disqualified him from driving indefinitely.

Neill could get a new driver's licence when the director of the New Zealand Transport Agency removed the disqualification, Davidson said.

If and when he got his licence back, he would have a zero alcohol licence for three years. He was also forbidden from owning a car for a year.

He was disqualified from driving for nine months on the driving while disqualified charge.

Haidee Anne Collins appeared on two charges of careless use of a motor vehicle. She admitted one charge but denied the other. She was remanded on bail to July 13 to complete restorative justice on one of the charges.

Larissa Courtney Sadd entered no plea on a charge of common assault. She was remanded to reappear on June 29. 

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Richard William Couper appeared on charges of male assaults female, driving with excess breath alcohol, his third or subsequent charge, assaulting a child and contravening a protection order. He was remanded to June 29 for a case review hearing.

Reagan Alexander Keen appeared on a charge of unlawful hunting. He was remanded without plea to July 7 for a case review hearing.

Esau Mark Tuisalega, 20, of Redwoodtown, was remanded without plea on a charge of theft. Tuisalega is charged with stealing a Samsung Galaxy S4 cellphone valued at $600. He is to reappear on June 22.

Christopher James Sprosen, 24, of Blenheim, appeared on three drug-related charges, including cultivating cannabis, possession of cannabis, and possession of a bong to smoke cannabis. He was remanded without plea to June 29.

Dylan Douglas Marshall, 19, was sentenced to nine months' supervision on a charge of assaulting a female. He was ordered to undergo alcohol and drug assessment and counselling and anger management and or violent intervention.

Peter Christopher Tait was remanded on a charge of injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Tait denied the charge, and was remanded to June 30 to set a date for a judge-alone trial.

Karla Lee Keen was remanded on bail on seven charges, including drink driving, common assault and resisting police. She is to reappear on June 22.

Jake Allan Donnithorne, a fisherman, was remanded on charges of common assault, resisting police, theft under $500, demands to steal and failure to answer district court. He is to reappear on June 19. 

Peter Laurence Ryan, 24, of Mayfield, admitted a charge of driving while disqualified after he was caught driving on Budge St on May 26. He was disqualified for a further six months, to start on October 28 when his current disqualification finished.

Abraham Sonny Kite, 18, of Riversdale, denied stealing a phone worth $50. He was remanded on July 20 for a case review hearing. 

Dameon Aaron Pullan was convicted on a charge of breaching his community work. The judge remanded him to July 27, when he would be convicted and discharged if he finished his remaining community work sentence.

Andrew Phillip Love, 44, appeared for sentencing on charges of cultivating cannabis and producing cannabis oil.

Police found 94 cannabis plants, 829g of cannabis, and 7g of cannabis oil when they searched Love's house. Judge Bruce Davidson said the value of the cannabis was about $80,000.

He doubted the cannabis was all for personal use, he said. "You don't grow 94 plants for your own use."

Davidson adjourned the sentencing for an electronically monitored sentence to be assessed. Love was remanded to reappear on July 15.

Jeff Tavita was remanded to July 20 on charges of male assaults female, contravening a protection order, and injuring with intent to injure. 

A Korean man charged with reckless driving, failing to stop and driving while disqualified appeared in court for sentencing. Jongmyung Lim was fined $400 for driving while disqualified, $500 for reckless driving, disqualified from driving for nine months, and convicted and discharged on the charge of failing to stop.

Connor William Bate denied charges of theft under $500 and resisting police. He was remanded on bail to July 20 for a case review hearing.

Daniel Page admitted stealing a bottle of Jagermeister from the Springlands Bottle-O but denied a charge of possession of a knife in a public place. Page, who lives in Palmerston North, was convicted on the theft fine and sentenced to 40 hours' community work and ordered to pay $67 in reparations. He was remanded to August 28 for a judge alone trial on the possession of a knife charge.

Darryl Craig Green, 52, of Redwoodtown, appeared via audio visual link from a Christchurch prison on four charges of contravening a protection order. Green, who has been in prison since May 25, was remanded in custody to June 15.

Jonathan Owen Brooks, 47, was discharged without conviction on a charge of being unlawfully in an enclosed yard. 

Victor Raymond Kumia, of Picton, was remanded without plea on a charge of common assault.

Tony George Barr, 47, a labourer of Blenheim, appeared on three charges of assault, intentionally damaging a vehicle, and two charges of assault using a folding chair as a weapon. The alleged offending is said to have happened on June 5 in Blenheim. He was remanded without plea to June 29.

David Rhy's Hamilton appeared on charges of drink driving, his third or subsequent, and driving while disqualified, his third or subsequent. He was remanded without plea to appear later this month.

 - The Marlborough Express

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