A New Plymouth sex offender has been jailed after handing himself in and confessing to the police.
Yesterday in the New Plymouth District Court Bradley Dalzell was sentenced to prison for one and a half years on a charge of unlawful sexual connection with a female aged 12-16.
Dalzell walked in to the police station and admitted his crime without his victim having made a complaint. He told police he knew what he had done was wrong.
Judge Allan Roberts sent him to prison.
A Witt rugby league academy student dragged a girl 10 metres down the road by her hair when a playfight got out of hand.
Tyrone Tohu-Smith, 17, was sentenced to community work yesterday.
Tohu-Smith had been at the Festival of Lights at Pukekura Park in January when he and a large group of people left about midnight and walked into town.
On the way Tohu-Smith and a girl began playfighting, lightly kicking and punching each other.
But it stopped being fun for the girl when Tohu-Smith put her in a headlock and did not let go even though she indicated several times for him to let her out.
Instead, he dragged her by the hair 10 metres down the street.
The girl got up, started to hit him and he punched her twice in the face before being pulled away by other girls from the group.
She was left sore and bleeding.
He told police he had been drinking for eight hours and was extremely drunk.
Derrick Weston was sentenced to six months' home detention after he pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis for supply. Weston was caught with 632 grams of cannabis, 110g of which was head.
He also pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing cannabis oil.
Judge Allan Roberts said he noted Weston had been to rehab to deal with his long-term cannabis use and had made marked and significant change, but ordered further drug and alcohol programmes as part of his sentence.
- Taranaki Daily News