Man 'in bad place' admits drug offences

Last updated 05:00 01/03/2014

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A 22-year-old builder who has admitted more than 20 drugs charges told police he was in a bad place and had a serious drug problem, the Invercargill District Court has been told.

Michael Grant Reynolds appeared before Judge Michael Turner yesterday and admitted 23 drugs offences, committed between August 2 and September 10.

The charges included offering to supply ecstasy, cocaine, LSD and cannabis plant.

He was remanded in custody to April 3 for sentence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said text messages from Reynolds' phone revealed he had been actively dealing in controlled drugs.

Reynolds told police he had a serious drug problem and was selling drugs because he needed the money. He also told police some of the drugs were actually bath salts and the LSD was synthetic, Mr Mills said.

He said he was in a bad place and affected by drugs but had since engaged in rehabilitation for his drug habit, he said.

Intentional damage

Mark Raymond Fisher, 27, was fined $300 for intentionally damaging a vehicle on February 10. The court was told that after Fisher argued with a woman he put his car in gear, drove it forward and crashed it into her parked car. The force of the crash shunted the victim's car forward into a set of concrete steps. He has since paid for the car's repairs, the court was told.

Breach

Harley Adam Maunsell was convicted and discharged for breaching community work.

Driving

Glyn David Langford, 32, of Winton, was fined $300 for driving contrary to a limited licence on October 4.

Tangee Ann Read, 28, was remanded on bail to April 1 for sentence for driving while suspended on December 12 and driving while disqualified on February 6.

Graham Frederick Highley, 51, was sentenced to four months' home detention and disqualified from driving for one year and one month for driving while disqualified on November 28. He was convicted and discharged for giving false details.

Kade Andrew Matheson, 21, farm hand, of Acton, was fined $350 and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended at Balclutha on February 16.

Drink-driving

Keaghan Isaac Sylvia, 18, car groomer, of Auckland, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work and disqualified for three months' for driving with a breath alcohol level of 173mg (under 20) at Manukau on January 29.

Nathanael Benjamin Walker, 19, 286mcg (under 20) at Hamilton on January 12. Fined $250 and disqualified for three months.

Dwayne John Honeyman, 536mcg at Christchurch on December 19. Sentenced to three months' community detention, 100 hours' community work, nine months' supervision, disqualified indefinitely and authorised to apply for a three-year zero-alcohol licence. He was sentenced to a further two months' community detention for remitted fines.

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