Woman warned for pulling out knife

Last updated 16:00 27/11/2012

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A judge has warned a Blenheim woman she could have killed someone after a man tried to wrestle a knife from her when she threatened to stab her sister.

In Blenheim District Court yesterday, police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said Lucretia Shantel Bullen pulled the knife out after challenging her sister to a fight about 11pm on November 14.

Bullen, 19, unemployed, of Riversdale, yesterday admitted possessing an offensive weapon and was sentenced to 120 hours' community work and six months' supervision for alcohol counselling.

Mr Harris said Bullen was standing outside her sister's home when she challenged her to a fight and then pulled out the knife. A man demanded the knife, but she refused and when police arrived the man was struggling with her.

Defence lawyer Philip Watson said Bullen was drunk and could not remember the incident, but she accepted the police account.

Judge Richard Russell warned Bullen she could have killed someone. "Many homicides and [cases of] manslaughter start this way," he said.

He noted Bullen had no similar previous convictions, but warned her she would face a much more serious punishment if she offended in the same way again.

Also appearing in the court yesterday:

Richard Alexander McGill, 18, a vineyard worker, of Witherlea, appeared for sentence for dishonestly using a Trade Me account to sell an outboard motor for $1890, which was never delivered to the buyer. Judge Russell remanded McGill to January 14 and told him if he did not come to court with the full amount to pay back his victim he was considering sending him to prison.

He ordered McGill to be cross-examined under oath after he claimed he had sold the outboard motor on behalf of another man, who had disappeared.

When cross-examined by Mr Harris, McGill said he met the man, who said his name was David Jones, in the Grove Rd Tavern one afternoon. He had seen the outboard motor in the boot of the man's car and agreed to sell it for him using a photo off the internet, McGill said.

Despite saying he let the man stay with him for four days, McGill said almost no-one else he knew had met the man, he never got his phone number or any other contact details and could not remember what colour the man's car was.

Judge Russell told McGill his explanation was either a figment of his imagination or "so stupid that it defies belief". The man McGill had sold the outboard to had taken out a loan to buy it, he said.

Donna Ann MacDonald, 53, of Redwoodtown, admitted careless driving causing injury from a crash on State Highway 1 on June 22 and was remanded for restorative justice to be attempted.

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William Samuel Pivac, 23, unemployed of Springlands admitted a charge of unlawful hunting and was fined $700. Mr Harris said Pivac told police he did not have permission when he was caught hunting a pig on Conservation Department land near Robin Hood Bay. He said he was hunting for food, Mr Harris said.

Judge Russell said it was the third time Pivac had been caught hunting illegally and it was clear he was not getting the message. The fines would keep going up if Pivac kept offending, he said.

Brynlee Ian Williams, 22, a gib stopper of Yelverton, admitted intentional damage after throwing a rock through a window of a house after abusing the occupant on October 12. He was fined $300 and ordered to pay $163 reparation.

Luke Michael Mason, 24, a vineyard worker, of Riversdale, admitted a charge of disorderly behaviour after smashing a bin at the court and was fined $75.

Harley Shamus Hay, 24, a builder, of Canvastown, admitted trespassing on Wakamarina Forestry Developments land while hunting on June 26 and was remanded for restorative justice to be attempted.

- The Marlborough Express

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