'I didn't know I was guilty'

Last updated 07:59 17/12/2012

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A Blenheim man who appeared in the Blenheim District Court for sentencing said he did not know he had been found guilty.

Mrinal Sardana, 30, faced charges of assault and intentionally damaging a Blenheim shop.

Sardana, who was listed as a director of Singh Services (NZ) Ltd, which was put into liquidation by Inland Revenue on Monday, told Judge Tony Zohrab last Thursday that he was sick at the time of his hearing on May 30.

Judge Zohrab told Sardana he had not contacted the court to let it know of his absence, and had also breached his bail when he was picked up by police in Balclutha.

Sardana said he did not know he was in court for sentencing. "Have I been found guilty?"

Judge Zohrab said he did not believe a word Sardana said, and told him that it was his responsibility to turn up for his hearing.

Sardana was ordered to pay $5200 reparation to the owner of the shop.

Blenheim man Jade Alexander Bevan, 20, admitted charges of assault and intentionally damaging a car. The vineyard contractor was ordered to pay $2583 reparation and $350 for emotional harm. He denied a charge of escaping police custody and will appear in court again on January 25.

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- The Marlborough Express

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