Judge: Road rage incident serious

22:14, Jun 17 2014

A Riverton man threw beer bottles at a driver and punched him in a "serious and prolonged" road rage incident, the Invercargill District Court was told.

Paul Martin Dobias appeared before Judge Christina Cook in the Invercargill District Court yesterday charged with assault with intent to injure and assault with a weapon at Otautau on April 15.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Denise Harvey said Dobias was driving behind the victim before overtaking and repeatedly braking. He eventually stopped and pulled his car across the road, preventing the victim from driving away. Dobias threw bottles at the victim, punched him, and tried to drag him by the neck from the car. He later told police his behaviour was inexcusable and it was a road rage incident that got out of hand.

The judge told Dobias his behaviour was "serious and prolonged" violence and intimidation. She remanded him on bail to August 12 for sentence.


Dallas Robert, 21, was sentenced to seven and a half months' jail when he appeared for threatening to kill and assault on March 6 and breaching supervision.


Glen David McKinnon, 23, was sentenced to four months' community detention for threatening to do grievous bodily harm, wilful trespass, using a telephone to annoy and possessing an offensive weapon on January 14.


Jay Bailey Thompson-Temuunu, 19, was sentenced to 270 hours' community work and six months' supervision and ordered to pay $626.50 reparation when he appeared for sentence for burglary and dishonestly obtaining a document for pecuniary advantage between March 30 and 31.

Stephen Terrence Ruke, 19, was sentenced to 290 hours' community work and ordered to pay $133.03 reparation for burglary on December 6 and convicted and discharged for breaching intensive supervision.


Jiri Dohnal, 27, tourist, of the Czech Republic, was convicted and discharged for stealing CDs, butane gas bottles, a pair of gloves and a top, valued at $268.30, from The Warehouse yesterday.


Matthew Dylan Fleet, 27, truck driver, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for assaulting a female on May 26.

Martin George Childs, 43, welder, of Otatara, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for assaulting a female on May 16.

Rory Paul McKay was sentenced to two months' jail for assault and resisting police.

False statement

Tua Naea Maurangi, 32, traffic controller, of Makarewa, was remanded on bail to June 20 for making a false statement to police on March 17.


Junior Rena Orica, 35, shearer, was sentenced to nine months' jail and disqualified for 14 months for driving while disqualified, and convicted and discharged for breaching supervision.

Kane Stephen Evans, 18, dairy farm worker, was fined $450 and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended in March.


David Murray Johnstone Smith, 59, of Winton, was fined $900 and disqualified for 9months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 664mcg at Winton on June 12.

Elton Yohannes Metternich, 20, bakery worker, of Lochiel, 522mcg on June 15. Sentenced to 100 hours' community work, disqualified for 9 months and authorised to apply for a zero-alcohol licence.

Maria Adamu Horsham, 40, labourer, 645mcg on June 13. Fined $650, disqualified for 6 months.

Jai Ta Wera Stewart, 18, meatworker, 311mcg on June 14. Fined $350, disqualified for 3 months.

David Wayne Harland, 54, of Winton, 539mcg on June 7. Fined $800, disqualified for 13 months.

Alexandra Faye Bowler, 21, shop assistant, of Albert Town, 678mcg on June 13. Sentenced to 80 hours' community work, disqualified for 9 months, and able to apply for a zero-alcohol licence.

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