Three men appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday following an alcohol-fuelled fight with neighbours early on Saturday morning.
Jason Robin Ayers, 40, pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence when he appeared yesterday.
The court was told that the Blenheim man was involved in an argument between two others on December 7 about 2am. The argument became physical and injuries were received.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Single said Ayers told police he stepped in to sort out a domestic dispute.
Judge Bruce Davidson fined him $150.
James Lines Thornton, 23, also pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence after the same incident on December 7. The Blenheim man told police that the neighbours had been verbally abusing him for some time. He was also convicted and fined $150.
Quintin Moore, 43, received the same treatment when he appeared on a charge of disorderly behaviour after the December 9 incident. He told judge Davidson "it was just a stupid little drunken argument", before he was convicted and fined $150.
Meanwhile, a 19-year-old Blenheim man appeared in court yesterday, where he admitted a charge of intentional damage for smashing a shop window.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Single said Jordan Graham Rodgerson, a landscape gardener, was walking along Market St about 2am on November 9, with his girlfriend.
The pair had been in an argument. He became angry and ran towards the 2 Degrees mobile phone shop. He shoulder-charged the window, causing it to crack before he continued walking towards Seymour Square.
He later turned himself in, the court heard.
Judge Bruce Davidson convicted Rodgerson and ordered him to pay $2539.32 in reparations.
Russel Troy Eden, 30, was sentenced to 160 hours' community work on two charges of burglary when he appeared in court yesterday. The Mayfield man pleaded guilty to one of the charges at an earlier appearance, and admitted one in court yesterday.
Mr Single said Eden went to DTR on Scott St sometime between 6.11am and 8.46am on November 26. He smashed his way through a glass door at the back of the building, cutting himself, and then continued through an interior door which he kicked in. He rummaged through drawers in the shop and left a trail of blood through the shop on items he touched, Mr Single said.
The unemployed man said he was extremely intoxicated at the time of the break-in and could not remember anything.
Judge Davidson sentenced him to nine months' supervision and ordered him to pay $150 in reparations on each charge.
Joshua Daniel Samuels, 30, and his brother Ngatote Samuels, 24, appeared in court together yesterday charged with dishonestly taking a ship.
The ship in question was an inflatable dinghy, worth $500.
According to the summary of facts, the pair picked up the dinghy from the end of Waikawa Marina, got into it, and began heading towards the next bay.
A member of the public saw the two in the dinghy and knew they did not have permission to be in it. The witness approached them and told them to take the boat back.
When they returned they were arrested by police.
Judge Davidson fined Joshua Samuels $400 and sentenced Ngatote Samuels to 40 hours' community work.
Colin James Mackel, 44, was granted bail when he appeared in court yesterday facing eight charges. The Okaramio bar manager is facing two charges of assault with a blunt instrument, four charges of unlawfully possessing a firearm, one of cultivating cannabis and one of possession of cannabis.
He will reappear on January 13.
Kevin Michael Clark was remanded without plea on a charge of male assaults female and possession of an offensive weapon. The 48-year-old Redwoodtown man would reappear on December 16.
Helen Jayne Crofskey, 39, pleaded not guilty to two charges and guilty to one charge when she appeared in court yesterday.
The Waikawa truck driver accepted a charge of assault and denied charges of offering to supply methadone and speaking threateningly. She was convicted on the charge of assault and remanded with bail to continue until February 3.
Benjamin Elston, 25, was sentenced to four months' home detention on two assault charges when he appeared yesterday.
Judge Bruce Davidson said the charges related to "two pretty nasty assaults on your sister, who was pregnant, and her partner who were helping you out at the time".
He added that the Blenheim man had tried to make positive changes since the incident in October before sentencing him to home detention and nine months' supervision.
Andrew Holl was discharged without conviction on charges of speaking in a threatening manner and common assault.
Ringii Horomona Rene, 26, of Witherlea, was fined $150 for disorderly behaviour after trying to fight Fairweathers bar staff on December 7.
Mr Single said the vineyard worker was intoxicated and became upset after being removed from the bar and continued to try to get back inside.
In explanation he said he had left his $200 sunglasses inside and wanted to go back in to get them.
Nathan Daniel Paul Mclaren, 26, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work when he appeared on a charge of assault with intent to injure. He was also sentenced to six months' supervision.
Dylan Douglas Marshall, 18, entered no plea when he appeared on a charge of breaching his supervision conditions. He will reappear on January 21.
Joshua Nickala Eriha, 38, was convicted and discharged after admitting a charge of breaching a liquor ban. The Blenheim caregiver was drinking beer at the Taylor River Reserve on December 1 about 12.30pm.
Eriha's lawyer Laurie Murdoch said her client did not realise there was a liquor ban in place at that part of the river walk.
William Walter Eising, 18, appeared in court yesterday on a charge of driving while suspended. Mr Single said the Blenheim saw doctor was driving on Maxwell Rd about 11pm on December 1 after being suspended from driving in October.
His lawyer Laurie Murdoch said her client had been taking his girlfriend home because she didn't have a license but he knew he should not have driven.
Judge Davidson disqualified Eising from driving for eight months.
A Blenheim woman was granted interim name suppression after pleading not guilty to a charge of disorderly behaviour in a public place, likely to cause violence to continue. The 42-year-old woman was to reappear in court on February 18, when she intended to represent herself.
A 52-year-old man was remanded to February 18 after pleading guilty to disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence to continue. He was granted interim name suppression and intended to represent himself.
Steven Ben Bullen, 30, was ordered to pay $500 in reparations on a wilful damage charge. The charge related to an incident in September when Bullen kicked the panels of a car in which his ex-girlfriend was travelling.
His explanation at an earlier appearance was that his former partner had slashed the tyres of his car first, and he was retaliating.
Anthony Steven Richards, 29, pleaded guilty to two trespass charges and one sustained loss of traction charge when he appeared yesterday.
Mr Single said Richards was trespassed from the Z petrol station on November 27, 2013. He returned to the petrol station on December 6 where he filled up his car and paid for the fuel.
When he went to leave he revved his engine and the car underwent a sustained loss of traction, which was witnessed by members of the public.
He then returned to the petrol station on December 9. Judge Davidson fined him $80 on each charge and disqualified him from driving for two months.
Kristy Leigh Norton, 23, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified when she appeared in court yesterday. Mr Single said the hairdresser was stopped by police when she was driving on Wither Rd on November 29 about 9.40am.
Norton, who represented herself yesterday, told Judge Davidson that she had driven because she had not been drinking but her passengers had.
She was disqualified from driving for a further six months.
Ashley Marie Collins, 18, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault with intent to injure when she appeared in court yesterday. She was remanded for a case review hearing on February 17.
Hamish Peter Clifford, 28, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while suspended when he appeared yesterday. He was disqualified from driving for six months.
- The Marlborough Express
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