Bail term: Stay out of South Island

A man has been bailed to Dargaville in Northland and ordered not to enter the South Island except for court appearances after being charged in relation to an early morning attack on a woman in Picton.

Zion Llewellyn Sylvester, 29, formerly of Picton, appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday on charges of indecent assault and robbery by assault relating to an attack on a woman in Picton and theft of a necklace from a man early on December 22.

He was remanded without plea to appear again on February 4 and released on bail to Dargaville, in Northland, with conditions not to enter the South Island except for court appearances.

Also appearing in court yesterday:

A Rapaura man threatened to beat up his partner because she asked him to help clean up some of his mess during a party on Saturday, police say.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris told the Blenheim District Court that when the victim phoned police, 52-year-old truck driver William James McLeod told her he was going to finish the job when he got back from the station.

In court McLeod admitted a charge of threatening to injure with intent to frighten and was sentenced to six months' supervision to undergo drug and alcohol counselling and ordered to attend a stopping violence programme as part of a protection order granted to the victim.

Mr Harris said McLeod was at the party with the victim, his daughter and friends on Saturday, but became angry when the victim asked him to pick up some food scraps. He threatened to kick her round the yard and when his daughter intervened, he also began abusing her, and threatening the victim about what would happen when he got back from the police station, Mr Harris said.

Defence lawyer Philip Watson said McLeod had been drinking and had no memory of the incident, but was remorseful for what happened.

Judge Richard Russell said it was clear from the victim impact statement the victim loved McLeod, but wanted him to get help for alcohol and anger issues.

The judge told McLeod he was imposing a rehabilitative sentence because fining him or giving him community work would also make the victim suffer, and "re-victimise" her, but he warned McLeod that a much more harsh penalty would be imposed for any reoffending.

Two women appeared on an armed robbery charge.

Fleur Astra Sunbeam, 34 of Redwoodtown, and Sheridan Lee Tonkin, 45 of Rapaura, appeared on a charge of assaulting a woman with intent to rob her, while armed with a knife.

The pair were remanded without plea to reappear on January 28. A man will also appear on January 14 on the same charge, which relates to an incident on December 29.

William John Seddon, 22, of Redwoodtown, denied threatening a woman with intent to intimidate her and was remanded to reappear on January 29.


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