151 derogatory text messages

22:00, Mar 10 2014

Lesley Ann Low, 32, was sentenced in the Blenheim District Court on a charge of assault with a blunt instrument and offensive use of a phone yesterday.

Mr Single said the Redwoodtown woman sent 151 derogatory text messages to the complainant between December 23 and 26 last year.

Her lawyer, Laurie Murdoch, said Low had also received abusive text messages from the complainant.

In relation to the assault, when Low used her car as a weapon, Ms Murdoch said her client had been assaulted by the victim the day before the incident.

Judge Zohrab said Low had seen her victim walking along the footpath and drove at her. She drove up onto the footpath, causing the victim to have to jump out of the way several times, until eventually touching her with the car.

The victim received no injuries from the incident.


On each charge Low was sentenced to 190 hours' community work, to be served concurrently. She was also disqualified from driving for four months.

Thomas Beau Cooze, 24, pleaded not guilty to a charge of breaching a sentence of community work and was remanded to reappear on April 23.

Aaron Reece, 35, appeared in court after stealing a bottle of tequila from Seumus's Irish Bar in Picton on March 3.

The chef, from Lochmara Bay, took the bottle, worth $40 from a shelf behind the bar while staff were busy. He put it down his jacket and when given the opportunity to return it he ran away.

He told police he had taken the tequila because he was drunk.

Judge Zohrab sentenced Reece to 120 hours' community work and ordered him to pay $40 in reparation for the tequila within three months.

Leona Jenkins, 46, was disqualified from driving for a further three months when she appeared on a charge of driving while disqualified.

Tony Whitcombe, 50, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of cannabis, and one of theft when he appeared yesterday.

Mr Single said the Mayfield man was in Christchurch at the Hornby Pak 'n Save when he put a packet of ribeye steak worth $51.12 down his pants. He then left the store without paying for the meat, before being stopped by security staff.

When police arrived and searched Whitcombe, they found 1.8 grams of cannabis on him, which he admitted was his. He said he didn't have enough money to pay for the steak.

Judge Zohrab remanded him to reappear on July 28 for sentencing.

Nathan Murray Douglas Townsend, 22, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work on a breach of supervision.

Shanon Glenn Fredericks, 38, was further remanded without plea on three charges of burglary and three of receiving stolen property.

He will reappear on March 31.

Taga Sekai, 20, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work when he accepted a charge of disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence yesterday.

The charge followed an incident on December 22, when Sekai was yelling at a man, who was in the back of a police car.

The man had been in a fight with Sekai's brother. Police repeatedly asked Sekai to stay away from the car and to stop yelling, but he refused and was subsequently arrested.

Nicole Ashley Fearnley, 19, denied three charges of theft and one of receiving property in court yesterday.

A further three of theft were withdrawn.

The Nelson hairdresser was remanded until April 23 for a case review hearing.

The Marlborough Express