Court appearances

Last updated 07:46 09/01/2014

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Jason Robert Wills, 30, appeared in the Blenheim District Court on Tuesday on six charges.

The Witherlea man is facing four charges of entering a building without authority and with intent to commit a crime, one of stealing cigarettes worth $20 and one of possession of a pipe for smoking methamphetamine.

Renee Tamara Thompson, 28, of Redwoodtown pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while disqualified when she appeared yesterday.

Thompson was issued with an indefinite disqualification from driving on March 5 2010.

On December 10, Thompson was stopped by police on Redwood St in Blenheim for a vehicle check.

When police asked if she had a licence she said she had a full licence.

A subsequent check showed that Thompson was indefinitely disqualified from driving, and in explanation she said she was going through the process of getting her licence back.

Judge Davidson fined her $400 and disqualified her from driving for eight months, after which the existing disqualification would still be active.

Joseph Eden Clark, 28, appeared in court on Tuesday where he was remanded for a judge-alone trial on four driving charges.

The Picton man will reappear on February 14 on one charge of refusing an officer's request for a blood sample, one of failing to stop for police, one of dangerous driving and one of driving while disqualified.

Whitiaua George Kite, 48, was denied bail when he appeared in court facing a charge of assault with intent to injure and demanding to steal money.

He is to reappear in court on January 21.

Keenan Awarangi Te Hore was granted bail when he appeared on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old had been in custody since Christmas Day, after he broke the bail conditions he was subject to on three burglary charges he is facing.

His lawyer, Rob Harrison, said Te Hore now had employment and knew the consequences of breaching his bail after spending nearly two weeks in prison.

Judge Davidson said Te Hore had had a "very difficult spell in custody", before remanding him on bail until January 27.

John Burns Thomas, a 28-year-old Blenheim labourer, had an existing sentence of community work cancelled after pleading guilty to breaching it.

He was sentenced to a further 50 hours' community work for the breach.


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