Man sold drugs while on home detention

Last updated 07:28 18/12/2012

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A Picton man has admitted dealing drugs while on home detention.

Nicholas Joel Clark, 24, had been on home detention for five months when police searched his home and found 48g of cannabis, including 16 cannabis tinnies made up ready for sale, along with drug utensils, the court heard. Clark admitted selling two tinnies and told the officers he was planning to sell the remaining drugs.

In the Blenheim District Court yesterday, Clark admitted charges of supplying cannabis, possessing cannabis for supply and possessing drug utensils, and was remanded for sentencing on February 4.

Judge Bruce Davidson said Clark had been sentenced to 23 months' prison in May on charges of assault with intent to injure and threatening behaviour, but his sentence was reduced to 10 months' home detention in August.

Also appearing in the court yesterday:

John David Wright, 44, of Koromiko, admitted breaching a protection order and was sentenced to 21 days' jail. Defence lawyer Rob Harrison said Wright had been in jail since his arrest on December 5.

Kyle Francis Morrison, 20, of Blenheim was sentenced to three months' community detention and nine months' supervision to complete drug and alcohol counselling, and other counselling, after he admitted charges of theft, possessing an offensive weapon, driving while forbidden, driving without an appropriate licence and driving a vehicle that had been ordered off the road.

James Richard Wilson, 31, of Riversdale was sentenced on two charges of driving while suspended and one charge of giving false details. Judge Davidson sentenced Wilson to nine months' intensive supervision to complete drug and alcohol counselling and 180 hours' community work, but put off his sentencing on a charge of theft until February 18. Judge Davidson told Wilson the only reason he was not being sent to prison was that his rate of offending had reduced in the past few years.

Nathan Daniel Eden, 32, a painter, of Blenheim, was sentenced to 12 months' supervision to complete drug and alcohol counselling, including possible residential treatment, after earlier admitting a charge of possessing methamphetamine.

Ricki John Manahi Dewar, 25, of Blenheim, admitted stealing a wallet and jacket valued at $100 from a car and interfering with another car on December 7 and was sentenced to 60 hours' community work and ordered to pay $380 reparation to repair a smashed window on one car.

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Tyson Wairau Robson Thwaites, 19, unemployed, of Blenheim, admitted receiving stolen property and was fined $300. Police prosecutor Mark Harris said Thwaites sold some copper downpipe for $48 on November 5, the day after it was stolen from Bohally Intermediate.

Tamara Mary Deacon, 33, unemployed of Riversdale was sentenced to three months' community detention after admitting a charge of driving while disqualified, a third or subsequent offence.

Kevin Graham Ward-Watson, 19, admitted charges of disorderly behaviour and wilful damage and was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and ordered to pay $725 reparation. Mr Harris said Ward-Watson broke a cash register in the Blenheim McDonald's about 10.15pm on November 2 when a staff member refused to serve him and an associate because they were racially abusing him.

Petaia Samasoni, 21, a vineyard worker, of Redwoodtown, admitted dishonestly entering a vehicle. He was found when the driver got in and saw him sitting in the passenger seat asleep and having urinated on himself and the car on Sunday. Defence lawyer Kent Arnott said Samasoni had no memory of the incident or how he got into the car. He was sentenced to 60 hours' community work and ordered to pay reparation of $300.

Jeremiah Buchanan Riddell, 31, of Blenheim, admitted possessing a knife and was fined $300.

Luke Russel Bergman, 17, a fisherman, of Picton, admitted charges of offensive behaviour and disorderly behaviour for urinating in public and punching a police car during separate incidents in November and December. He was fined $200.

Reid William David Hughes, 19, of Blenheim, was sentenced to 50 hours' community work after earlier admitting a charge of driving while disqualified and was ordered not to own a vehicle for one year.

William Walter Eising, 17, admitted charges of driving in a sustained loss of traction and breaching the Blenheim liquor ban, in two separate incidents, and was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for six months.

George Korohine Ra Marlow, 17, of Omaka, admitted charges of disorderly behaviour and wilful trespass and was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within the next six months. Mr Harris said the charges related to an incident at The Warehouse on November 28 when Marlow was running through the store and car park with a toy gun and toy knife.

A 17-year-old admitted a charge of shoplifting $10 of food from Countdown Redwoodtown and was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within the next six months. Mr Harris said it appeared the teen was stealing to feed himself.

Paul David Moore, 60, of Blenheim, denied charges of illegal possession of a firearm and assault with intent to injure and was remanded to January 29.

Dennis Edward Bullen, 51, of Blenheim, denied charges of failing to accompany a police officer and failing to give information to police and was remanded to reappear on February 5.

- The Marlborough Express

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