Teen sentenced after attacking tourist

Last updated 05:00 01/07/2014

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An Albert Town teenager exposed to gang violence and drugs from an early age was sentenced yesterday to community detention and supervision for attacking a tourist.

Beaudine Wira, 17, appeared before Judge Michael Turner in Queenstown District Court for injuring with intent on January 9. He was sentenced to three months' community detention with a weekend curfew, 100 hours' community work and nine months' supervision.

Wira punched a Dutch tourist in the head after others attacked the victim when a drug deal went awry. Other attackers stomped on the victim, punched him in the head and kicked him round the head and body.

Crown prosecutor Michael Morris said that in his victim impact statement, the tourist said he believed he was going to die.

Judge Turner said he was persuaded to give Wira a chance and he noted the support from the community, his return to school and emerging maturity. The attack was "straight-out street thuggery" but Wira had turned his life around.

Lawyer Peter Redpath said his client was the victim of a depraved background and was exposed to a gang lifestyle, drugs and violence from an early age.

Drugs

David John Broadmore, 41, of Luggate, was sentenced to five months' community detention with a Thursday to Monday curfew for cultivating cannabis between April 11 and June 11 last year.

George Edward Halson, 22, of Arthurs Pt, was sentenced to five months' community detention with a Friday to Monday curfew, 300 hours' community work and nine months' supervision with special conditions for supplying cannabis to people under 18 between September 1 and October 16 last year, selling cannabis to people over 18 between December 1 and March 8 and possessing cannabis on October 16.

The judge said police found 16 grams of cannabis and Halson sold the drug to school students and associates.

Andre Luiz Fonseca Lima Felizzola, 22, of Fernhill, was remanded on bail for sentence on August 18 for possessing cannabis, possessing a bong and permitting premises to be used for cannabis cultivation on May 20.

Fraud

Darryl John Bennett, 33, builder, of Milburn, was sentenced to 20 months' jail for a string of fraud and theft offences: causing a loss by deception of $720 between October 11 and 12; causing a loss of $969.51 to a motel in Dunedin between March 10 and 12; causing a loss of $470 between February 22 and 23 in Blenheim; causing a loss of $60 in Queenstown on March 24; stealing $80 cash in Dunedin on March 14; stealing $600 cash in Wellington on January 23; stealing $300 cash in Blenheim on October 23 and using a forged driver licence between February 22 and March 14.

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The judge described Bennett as a recidivist conman and declined an application for home detention.

The community needed some respite, he said.

Assault

Jonathan Davies, 34, photographer, was fined $300 and ordered to pay his victim $300 for an assault outside the Queenstown Events Centre after the Winter Festival Thriller in the Chiller on June 29.

Ashley Alan Rowlands, 26, of Sunshine Bay, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for assaulting a flatmate on June 28.

Maria Alice Chaves Niespodzinski, 25, cleaner, a Brazilian national, was fined $600 for assault and intentionally damaging walls and a window on May 20.

Theft

Renee Ellen Ames, 39, of Frankton, was fined $300 and ordered to pay $200 reparation for stealing frozen goods worth $260 from an Auckland business on June 15.

Shannon Cook, 28, of Bluff, was remanded on bail for sentence on September 8 for stealing personal belongings valued at $3800 on February 28, including a wrist watch, designer gear and a tablet.

Burglary

Arnaud Faletti, 40, of Cardrona, chef, was remanded on bail to July 14 for entering Cardrona Hotel without authority and with intent to commit an imprisonable offence between March and June 6. Police said Faletti was sponsored by the hotel and entered New Zealand last year, working as a chef from August until last month. On about 15 occasions he entered a cottage during smoke breaks and stole between $7000 and $9000 from a safe. He told police he was angry because the company had laid off a girlfriend. Lawyer Mike Newell said there was an issue regarding alleged burglaries by other individuals and the timespan of the offending.

Weapon

Albert Charles Webster, 24, plasterer, was remanded for sentence on September 8 for possessing an offensive weapon - a length of wood, disorderly behaviour likely in the circumstances to cause violence, on May 29, and intentional damage on May 16.

Shoplifting

Elizabeth Ann Roberts, 46, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for stealing groceries valued at $53.44 from Fresh Choice supermarket between June 22 and 24.

Trespass

Raphael Antoine, 22, French national, was convicted and discharged for wilfully trespassing in Fresh Choice supermarket on June 23.

Hunting

Kain William Froud, 36, of Arthurs Pt, was fined $700 for hunting deer on Mt Nicholas Station without authority on April 6.

Disorderly

Matthew Ryan Voigt, 23, was fined $250 for disorderly behaviour on June 14.

Drink-driving

Chelsey Elaine Cartwright-Billinge, 23, travel agent, was fined $600 and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 616 micrograms on June 14. The legal limit is 400mcg per litre of breath.

Benjamin Joseph Willcocks, 23, 752mcg, on June 27. Fined $750 and disqualified for six months.

Kelvin Lawrence Evans, 29, Australian national, of Fernhill, 586mcg, on June 29. Fined $580 and disqualified for six months.

Charmaine Judith Knight, 19, of Frankton, 563mcg, on June 21. Fined $560 and disqualified for six months.

Amanda Lee Linklater, 23, 529mcg, on June 28. Fined $530 and disqualified for six months.

- The Southland Times

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