Man admits attacking brother

Last updated 13:14 03/07/2014

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A man has pleaded guilty to assaulting his brother with a golf club after an argument.

The man, who has interim name suppression, appeared before Judge Robert Murfitt in the Gore District Court yesterday and admitted using a golf club as a weapon on his brother on April 10.

The judge said the pair had an argument and later, during a telephone conversation, the victim thought the man had threatened to burn his house down, prompting him to make the same threat.

A "tragedy of errors" then escalated to a point where the man hit his brother with a golf club in front of children at his house, the judge said. The victim suffered a swollen and bruised left wrist.

The man's lawyer, Carmen Jillett, said there was blame on both sides. The judge said it was a case crying out for some therapeutic attention and restorative justice. The man was remanded on bail to August 13.

Fighting in public

Rowan Joseph Edwards, 26, meat worker, of Mataura, was fined $300 for fighting in a public place on January 30.

Liam Te O Tane Smart Edwards, 24, of Mataura, was fined $300 for fighting in a public place at Mataura on January 30.

Driving

Shaun Geoffrey McNicholl, 36, shearer, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for 13 months for driving while disqualified on April 17.

Adam Bruce Moffatt, 32, of Mataura, was sentenced to 120 hours' community work and disqualified for 13 months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 681mcg at Lumsden on March 10. He was convicted and discharged for driving while forbidden.

Tupara Henry Kingi, 50, was remanded to September 17 for sentence for driving while disqualified on October 16 and June 6.

Kristin Te Whaiti, 26, was sentenced to three months' community detention, nine months' supervision, ordered to pay $300 reparation and disqualified for 12 months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 96mg causing injury on February 13. He was convicted and discharged for driving while forbidden.

Ngamorehu Waipatu Wickliffe, 22, shearer, of Mataura, was sentenced to three months' community detention, six months' supervision and disqualified for one year and one day for driving while disqualified on March 26.

Drink-driving

Robin Alan Larking, 57, unemployed, of Mataura, was fined $800 and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 795mcg at Mataura on June 11.

Simon Ian Robinson, 23, digger operator, of Rankleburn, 498mcg at Tapanui on June 21. Fined $450 and disqualified for six months.

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Christopher Soper, 27, of Glenure, was fined $800 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 159mg on June 1.

- The Southland Times

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