Pair admit part in dope-growing operation

Last updated 05:00 21/06/2014

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Two men involved in a cannabis-growing operation in Invercargill have admitted their part in the offending.

The men, in their 20s, were granted interim name suppression until sentencing, and appeared separately before Judge Christina Cook yesterday in the Invercargill District Court.

Both admitted cultivating cannabis and were remanded on bail to August 12 for sentence.

The court was told a cannabis-growing operation with 30 plants was found. The operation was sophisticated and the plants appeared to be of high quality.

The youngest offender's lawyer, Kate McHugh, said he had limit-qeed involvement and had been naive.

Assault

Jacob Daniel Carlyle, 19, was given a three-strikes warning and remanded in custody to July 4 for sentence for wounding a person with reckless disregard for the safety of others on April 24, stealing a wallet on April 29, burglary between April 11 and 16, and breaching community work on April 8. The court was told, in relation to the wounding charge, Carlyle was at the Barluca nightclub when he picked up a heavy glass from the table and threw it at a person, hitting him in the forehead. The victim received eight stitches to his forehead.

Hayden Marshall, 18, builder, was sentenced to 200 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for assaulting and resisting police, threatening to injure a person knowing his conduct was likely to frighten and encouraging a person to behave in a disorderly manner on April 5.

Theft

Erin Jane McMurdo, 24, cleaner, was sentenced to 175 hours' community work and ordered to pay reparation for stealing $250 from the Invercargill Workingmen's Club between April 1 and 7 and stealing cash tins and $300 from Provendor between March 3 and April 7.

Threatening behaviour

Anthony Jason Hosie, 28, engineer, was remanded on bail to August 14 for sentence for threatening to injure a person knowing his conduct was likely to frighten on May 20 and 22.

Driving

Caleb James Harrington, 21, labourer, was remanded on bail to July 8 for driving carelessly and with a breath alcohol level of 739mcg on May 31.

Drink-driving

Ashley Thomas Stephens, 22, logger, was fined $950 and disqualified from driving for nine months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 605mcg on June 14. An order was made for the confiscation of his vehicle.

Dale Robert Hodges, 26, labourer, of Wallacetown, 811mcg on June 8. Fined $850 and disqualified for six months.

Maryann Gabriel Grace Kahuirangi Falaoa, 24, 683mcg on June 13. Fined $650 and disqualified for six months.

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