Judge offers stern warning to teen

A Grovetown teenager was caught with a home-made bong after deciding to smoke some cannabis while the police were in his house.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris told the Blenheim District Court last week the officers saw Cayn John Gordon, 19, and another man smoking cannabis with Gordon's bong after police went to their house on an unrelated matter.

In court, Gordon admitted a charge of possession of drug utensils and was sentenced to six months' supervision to complete drug and other counselling, and 50 hours' community work. Judge Richard Russell said it was the second time Gordon had appeared on drugs-related charges and warned him that if he continued to offend, the penalties would keep getting harsher.

Don't rip people off: Judge

Richard Alexander McGill, 19, of Blenheim, was sentenced to four months' community detention and 180 hours' community work and ordered to pay reparation of $1890 after earlier admitting charges of dishonestly using a Trade Me account to obtain $1890 and driving while disqualified, his third offence.

He was also disqualified from driving for 13 months.

Judge Russell told McGill he would have sent him to prison if he had not come up with the money to repay the man who won his fake auction of a jet-boat engine.

"The message needs to go out to you and indeed to anybody else who thinks of taking advantage of the Trade Me site to rip other people off, the courts will come down very firmly on them."

McGill claimed he had run the auction in good faith for another man and gained only $100 from the sale, Judge Russell said, but he told McGill the victim had borrowed the money from his father and was struggling to repay it.

Conviction list keeps growing

Gavin James Columbus, 41, of Springlands, was sentenced to three months' community detention and one year of intensive supervision after earlier admitting receiving $400 of stolen jewellery and two charges of shoplifting.

Judge Russell said Columbus had a "dreadful" criminal history and a 13-page list of convictions but a pre-sentence report said he had begun to turn his life around.

Emotional payment for wilful damage

Leighton Thomas Waite, 20, of Mayfield, admitted a charge of wilful damage and was ordered to make a $250 emotional harm payment.

Mr Harris said Waite got angry after an argument with his partner on January 1. His partner was so scared she hid with her two children in a bathroom, while he smashed two windows in their house. Judge Russell granted the victim a protection order.

Woman admits biting aunt

Lyn Marie Anne Miller, 19, unemployed, of Springlands, admitted assaulting her aunt by biting her twice and was sentenced to six months' supervision to complete anger management and other counselling.

Mr Harris said the fight started after the victim kicked Miller's boyfriend out of her house on December 5.

Defence lawyer Rennie Gould said Miller was due to give birth in six weeks and needed help with her life.

Judge Russell told Miller he would have imposed a harsher sentence if she had not been pregnant.

Community work for possessing knife

Ethan Jensen, 23, of Blenheim, admitted possession of a knife in a public place and was sentenced to 50 hours' community work.

Mr Harris said Jensen had stabbed the knife's 15-centimetre-long blade into a table while drinking at the Loft Bar in Blenheim on December 21. Jensen had told police the knife had belonged to his dead father and he carried it everywhere with him.

Judge Russell told Jensen that if he was caught carrying the knife again, it would be destroyed.

Fined $300 for cannabis seeds

Aaron Terry Hartley, 39, of Riversdale, admitted possession of 26 cannabis seeds and was fined $300.

Mr Harris said police found the old seeds on top of a cupboard at Hartley's house. Defence lawyer Kent Arnott said it was Hartley's first drug offence.

Dog collar theft proves costly

Johnny Peter Materoa, 19, unemployed, of Redwoodtown, admitted stealing a $60 dog collar out of a ute in Blenheim on January 9 and was sentenced to 50 hours' community work.

The Marlborough Express