Appearing in court yesterday
Steven Kyle Pollard, 18, unemployed of Blenheim, admitted charges of disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence and using insulting language and was sentenced to 60 hours' community work. Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said Pollard's mother and father-in-law have been charged with assault and the victim was a witness in the case. Pollard saw the victim driving to a car park at Wairau Hospital and followed him there where he "exploded into a barrage of abuse" and told the victim he would kill him if his parents ended up in jail.
The abuse was so loud hospital staff came out and told Pollard to leave or police would be called, he said. Judge Russell asked Mr Harris if police were concerned Pollard might try to carry out his threat Mr Harris said it was a chance meeting and police were not concerned.
Representing himself Pollard told Judge Russell the victim was a grown man who had "narked" on him to police and who was lying to get his parents sent to prison.
Anikere Materua Moana Newton, a 25-year-old wool classer of Ward, admitted stealing $485.90 of items from The Warehouse and was remanded for sentencing on June 24. Mr Harris said Newton was stopped by security after loading a range of items into a trolley and taking them to her car without paying on March 2. She told police she could not afford to pay for the items, which were for her new flat.
Judge Russell said Newton had been in court in November for shoplifting between $500 and $1000 worth of items. He wanted a pre-sentence report to look at options including sending her to prison.
"This is theft pure and simple. You are not getting the message," he said.
Terrance Hurdle, 27, a salesperson of Witherlea, admitted a charge of sustained loss of traction after pulling three dangerous manoeuvres in central Blenheim and was fined $650 and disqualified from driving for six months.
Mr Harris said Hurdle did a burnout, skidding around the High St-Seymour St roundabout about 5.30pm on April 5. He also accelerated heavily, losing traction near the Henry St pedestrian crossing outside Countdown Blenheim and while driving round a roundabout turning onto Maxwell Rd.
Defence lawyer Laurie Murdoch said Hurdle admitted what he did was stupid, but Judge Russell told him it was also dangerous and that at 27 he would have thought he was past driving as he did.
Liva Kiliona, 28, a Blenheim vineyard worker, admitted charges of driving while disqualified, his fifth offence, and failure to stop for police and was disqualified from driving for 15 months and one day and sentenced to 220 hours' community work.
Judge Russell said when Kiliona was stopped by police in Whangarei on September 3 he ran from his car, leaving his partner and three children behind.
Ms Murdoch said Kiliona was on his way to his mother's funeral and ran because he was afraid he would be locked up and miss the funeral.
Since moving to Blenheim Kiliona had got a job and had begun doing his community work and complying with sentences.
Judge Russell said driving while disqualified showed a contempt for the law, but accepted Kiliona had been out of trouble since moving to Marlborough.
Picton builder Joshua Tuahae Hillman, 26, admitted a charge of wilful damage and was sentenced to six months' supervision to complete alcohol and drug and anger management counselling, 50 hours' community work and pay $322 in reparation.
Denise Michaels, 59, of Redwoodtown, denied a charge of drink-driving and was remanded to reappear on June 25.
The Marlborough Express