Former Marlborough councillor Andrew Barker was yesterday fined $2000 and disqualified from driving when he appeared in the Blenheim District Court.
The retired Seddon man appeared in front of Judge Tom Broadmore facing a charge of dangerous driving after causing a car crash near Weld Pass, south of Blenheim, on July 8.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Single said Barker was driving south from Blenheim on State Highway 1 and had overtaken several vehicles when he caught up to a large truck and trailer unit.
Barker then attempted to pass the truck and trailer when a Toyota Hilux ute came around the corner towards his white Lexus.
Mr Single said Barker attempted to pull to the left, collided with the trailer of the truck and hit the ute head on.
The Hilux was flipped on to its roof, both vehicles were extensively damaged, and the road was closed for more than an hour. Apart from bruising, there were no other injuries.
Barker's lawyer, Peter Radich, said Barker had travelled the road "hundreds, if not thousands of times between his family farm and Blenheim".
Mr Radich said the stretch of road near Pukapuka bridge led up to a long section of winding road and Barker had wanted to pass the truck before entering the pass, but had misjudged his timing.
"He got his speeds and distances wrong, the oncoming vehicle was too close and the truck and trailer too long," he said.
Judge Broadmore said the prospects of disaster in the incident were great, and ordered him to pay a fine of $2000 plus court costs of $130 and disqualified him from driving for six months.
Filisi Falanai, 25, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery yesterday.
A charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm was withdrawn in relation to the incident which took place on Queen St on July 28.
Falanai was remanded in custody to reappear for sentencing on October 15.
Uriah Whiti Nui Scoon, 25, was fined a total of $350 for possession of illegal items when he appeared in court yesterday.
Mr Single said Scoon, of Redwoodtown, was a passenger in a vehicle which was stopped by police on August 19.
The vehicle and its occupants were searched and Scoon was found to have cannabis down his pants and a pipe for smoking methamphetamine in his right sock.
Mr Single said Scoon denied the items were his, saying they had been passed to him in the car.
Judge Broadmore fined Scoon $200 for possession of the pipe, and $150 for the possession of cannabis, as well as court costs.
He also ordered that the pipe be destroyed.
Jarrod Paul Moore, 24, of Witherlea also appeared in the court facing one charge of possession of a pipe for smoking methamphetamine and one of possessing cannabis.
The items in question were the same items that Uriah Scoon pleaded guilty to possessing just before Moore appeared.
Moore was remanded at large to reappear in the court after a case management review which would take place on October 14.
Candace Fiona Gatenby was convicted and ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within the next six months after she attempted to shoplift from Savemart.
Mr Single said Gatenby entered the store on August 26 and 12.40pm and put two pairs of shoes in to a bag and left without paying.
She put the shoes into her car and returned to the shop with an empty handbag, which she put more items into. Staff members saw Gatenby take the items and when spoken to by police she said she had money problems.
Defence Lawyer Rennie Gould said since the incident her client had written a letter of apology and donated three bags of clothing to the second-hand shop.
Arnold Te Wano Kara, 35, was convicted of driving at a dangerous speed when he appeared in front of Judge Broadmore.
Mr Single said Kara was driving at a speed of 157 kilometres per hour on State Highway 1 in Koromiko and was clocked by a police patrol vehicle driving at a speed of 155kmh on August 15 at 8.58pm.
Kara was driving on a learner licence at the time.
Judge Broadmore said it had been a terrible piece of driving and was aggravated by the fact that he was on a learner licence and had two previous charges relating to speeding.
He fined Kara $850 plus court costs and disqualified him from driving for six months.
Daniel Page, 29, had a charge of male assaults female reduced to a charge of threatening to injure when he appeared in the court yesterday.
Mr Single said Page was at an address with his partner on May 27 when she went out to the car to get her cigarettes at about 11.30pm.
While looking for her cigarettes she came across some cannabis in the car.
His partner discarded the cannabis without telling him, and when he discovered it was gone he became agitated.
The two had an argument, during which he threatened to stab her if she did not shut up.
Page's lawyer Rennie Gould said the victim wished to have a protection order against Page removed, and they were expecting a baby together.
Judge Broadmore convicted Page and ordered him to come up for sentencing if called upon within the next six months.
Aaron Denis Paul Gotty was remanded to reappear in the Blenheim District Court for sentencing on October 21 on two charges of assault on a female.
Mr Single said Gotty and his partner of about 10 years got into an argument on May 5 at about 4.45pm.
Gotty locked the victim out of their house and left with their child.
Upon returning he struck his partner on the left side of her face a number of times, and punched and kicked her while she was on the ground.
The attack lasted about 5 minutes and the victim eventually got away, with severe bruising and swelling to the face.
Morgan James Whittaker was fined $150 after entering a guilty plea to a charge of common assault in court yesterday.
Mr Single said Whittaker went to the victim's address about a puppy he wanted to obtain.
The pair had an argument and Whittaker tried to leave with the puppy, and pushed passed the victim, causing her to fall to the ground.
Whittaker's lawyer John Holdaway said the puppy belonged to Whittaker and he had gone to retrieve it from the victim.
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