Man made firing action at cops outside prison

Last updated 05:00 27/02/2013

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A 31-year-old man who yelled at Invercargill Prison inmates told a judge yesterday he had made a stupid mistake.

Aaron James Tukaki appeared before Judge Gary MacAskill in the Invercargill District Court for behaving in a threatening manner likely to cause violence in a public place on December 25. He was sentenced to 60 hours' community work.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Denise Harvey said police received reports of three intoxicated men standing next to the Invercargill Prison fence yelling at inmates.

As police pulled up beside the men Tukaki held out both arms as if he was aiming a rifle and pretended to fire two shots, she said.

Tukaki was pointing directly at the police car when he made the firing action, Ms Harvey said.

He yesterday told the court it was a stupid mistake.

Used a document

Christopher John Miller, 23, was remanded on bail to March 26 for sentence for two charges of dishonestly using a document, namely an eftpos card, with intent to obtain a pecuniary advantage and stealing the eftpos card on January 27.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Denise Harvey said Miller and a woman were in a taxi together when he watched her enter her pin number while paying. He later took her eftpos card and withdrew two lots of cash totalling $360 from an ATM machine, she said.

Miller spent some of the money and returned home. When spoken to by police he denied stealing the card and said she had given it to him, Ms Harvey said.

He yesterday told the court it was a "drunken mistake".

Cannabis

Shannon Raymond McCormack, 34, roofer, was fined $350 for possessing cannabis on February 22.

Threatening behaviour

Jacob Daniel Carlyle, 18, meat worker, was sentenced to nine months' supervision for behaving in a threatening manner likely to cause violence and wilfully trespassing on February 22.

Firearms

Kevin Nathan Cummings, 33, was remanded in custody to March 5 after he admitted possessing a firearm, namely a .22-calibre rifle, without a licence and resisting police on February 11.

Breach

Fale Ahfook, 33, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work for breaching community work on January 12.

Jessie James Mathews, 22, was sentenced to 24 weeks' jail for breaching community work on September 15, 2011, and breaching post detention conditions on September 27, 2011.

Driving

Gregory Charles Browning, 53, was remanded on bail to March 19 for sentence for driving carelessly causing injury on December 17.

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Ebony Faye Michelle Raroa, 19, of Winton, was fined $600 and disqualified six months for driving while suspended at Heddon Bush on February 19.

Drink-driving

Beavon Roy Wilson, 22, dairy worker, of Heddon Bush, was fined $1800, disqualified indefinitely and authorised to apply for a zero alcohol licence for three years for driving with a breath alcohol level of 1179mcg at Wreys Bush on February 17.

Sonia Robinson, 25, 462mcg on December 25. Sentenced to 80 hours' community work, disqualified for eight months and authorised to apply for a zero alcohol licence for three years.

Carmen Maria Steele, services coordinator, of Woodend, 591mcg at Browns on February 23. Fined $1000 and disqualified for eight months.

Carmen Joy Lapthorne, 40, 676mcg on February 21. Fined $850 and disqualified for six months.

Theresa-Anne Cherry, 30, 526mcg on February 3. Fined $850 and disqualified for eight months.

Andrew James John Keen, 19, farmer, 686mcg on February 2. Fined $875 and disqualified for six months.

- The Southland Times

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