Teenager to lose freedom if behaviour persists
A 17-year-old man who supplied cannabis to young people is in "major jeopardy" of losing his place in the sun, a District Court judge says.
Liam Ronald Butler appeared in the Alexandra District Court yesterday for sentencing on several charges, including consuming cannabis, supplying cannabis, assault and intentional damage.
Judge Kevin Phillips said the teenager had displayed "appalling" behaviour, giving young people puffs of cannabis from a bong, trying to be a "real cool dude".
The court was told Butler had also tried to set fire to a table at Goldfields Primary School on April 8.
"People who supply any form of narcotics to people under the age of 16 in my court go to prison. Normally, I would not hesitate . . . you are in the real world. This is not make-believe. You need to understand your place in the sun is in major jeopardy."
If Butler did not abstain from the drugs and alcohol and came before the courts again, he would face prison, the judge said. He was sentenced to 150 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision and ordered to pay $100 reparation.
Intentional damage David Allan Bowen, 34, of Clyde, was remanded to September 4 for sentence on a raft of charges including intentional damage, theft and disorderly behaviour, between June 1 and July 27.
Zamion Tekoea Pewhairangi, 23, builder, of Cromwell, was sentenced to three months' home detention, 200 hours' community work and ordered to pay $300 emotional harm reparation for punching a person on March 21.
Fifa Nofoaiga Lafita, 31, builder, of Cromwell, was remanded to appear in the Dunedin District Court next month for sentence for assault, obstructing police and resisting police.
Shoplifting/theft Joanne Elizabeth Blondell, 33, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for three months for stealing petrol at Gore on July 6.
Deborah May Garrett, shop assistant, 48, of Cromwell, was remanded to September 4 for sentence for stealing a sander on July 17.
Lesley Joan Wast, 62, caregiver, of Cromwell, was remanded to September 4 for sentence for stealing items from Farmers in Dunedin on July 3.
Greg Whyte, 25, builder, of Dunedin, was sentenced to 50 hours' community work for stealing groceries from Pak 'n Save Dunedin in April.
Driving Zhenya Wittington, 22, bartender, of Cromwell, was remanded to October 8 for sentence for driving with a blood alcohol level of 142mg, causing injury at Cromwell on July 5. The court was told she crossed the centre line on the Kawarau Gorge while on a "joyride in an attempt to learn how to drive a manual vehicle".
John Robert Reid, 29, builder, of Patearoa, was remanded in custody for sentence on charges including drink-driving and driving while forbidden, on May 9 and June 17.
Matthew David Smith, 23, painter, was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving in a sustained loss of traction on May 30.
Levi Jack, 18, possum trapper, of Middlemarch, was disqualified for six months and ordered to pay $2165 reparation and $1500 emotional harm reparation for driving carelessly causing injury.
Drink-driving Blair Willem Van der Voort, 22, apprentice plumber, of Clyde, was fined $825 and disqualified for seven months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 831mcg on August 9.
Cody Ethan Mitchell, 21, 598mcg on August 2. Fined $600 and disqualified for six months.
Christine Fox, 41, sales representative, 497mcg on July 12. Fined $850 and disqualified for eight months.
Kane Andrew Melvin, 24, of Australia, 465mcg on August 11. Fined $750 and disqualified for nine months.
Michelle Manihera, 44, cook, of Roxburgh, 675mcg at Roxburgh. Sentenced to four months' community detention, 170 hours' community work and 12 months' supervision and disqualified for one year and two months.
Scott Gillam, 41, of Hawea Flat, 823mcg on July 29. Fined $820 and disqualified for seven months.
Tyler Charles Trembeth, 27, security officer, of Wanaka, was sentenced to four months' community detention, nine months' supervision, ordered to pay $256 reparation and disqualified for one year and two months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 151mg.
The Southland Times