Pair convicted of drugs offences after 'P' sting

Last updated 14:50 24/04/2012

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Two men arrested as part of a five-month police investigation into an alleged P ring and illegal drugs in the tourist resort appeared in Queenstown District Court yesterday.

Adam Paul Bamford, 31, tattooist, admitted possessing a utensil for the purpose of smoking cannabis, a pipe for the purpose of smoking methamphetamine, and possessing cannabis, on April 12, when he appeared before Judge Michael Turner.

He was sentenced to 175 hours' community work and nine months' supervision with a special condition to undertake any alcohol and drug assessment programmes as directed by the Probation Service.

Lawyer Sonia Vidal told the court Bamford was a minor player in the alleged P ring and the utensils and drugs were for personal use.

Bamford's housemate Hayden Mark Smith, 31, was remanded on bail without plea to May 7 to apply for legal aid. He is charged with possessing a class B controlled drug, namely ecstasy, and possessing cannabis, on April 12.

Cannabis
Elliot Douglas Harris, 22, of Kelvin Heights, was sentenced to 400 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for possessing 9.7 grams of cannabis plant on March 9.

Firearm
Jamie Mathew Sutherland, 29, British national, of Frankton, was remanded on bail to June 5 for preparation of further reports, including a report under the mentally impaired persons legislation, when he appeared for sentence for carrying a firearm, namely an air pistol, in a public place except for some lawful purpose, on March 2.

Intentional damage
Mitchell Brian Chisholm, 24, panel beater, of Kelvin Heights, was convicted and discharged for disorderly behaviour likely in the circumstances to cause damage to property to continue, and intentionally damaging the front window of a Queenstown Lakes District Council property in Arrowtown, on March 8.

Disorderly
Matthew William Gellatly, 29, carpet layer, of Frankton, was fined $350 for disorderly behaviour likely in the circumstances to cause violence against persons to start, on April 12.

Joshua Thomas Smith, 20, tyre fitter, of Lake Hayes Estate, was fined $200, and sentenced to 50 hours' community work and six months' supervision for fighting in a public place and resisting police, on April 15.

James Gordon Bees, 36, British national, unemployed, of Fernhill, was convicted and discharged for behaving in a disorderly manner that was likely in the circumstances to cause violence against persons to start, on April 22.

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Ryan Anthony Mayer, 29, bartender, English national, was convicted and discharged for behaving in a disorderly manner that was likely in the circumstances to cause violence against persons to start, on April 22.

Jordan Albert McDowall, 18, unemployed, of Invercargill, was fined $300 for behaving in a disorderly manner in a public place, on April 20.

Reece Casey, 25, Australian national, security guard, was convicted and discharged for disorderly behaviour likely in the circumstances to cause violence against persons to start, on March 28.

Injuring
Cole Miha Pewhairangi, 27, plumber, of Frankton, was discharged without conviction on a charge of injuring under circumstances that if death had been caused he would have been guilty of manslaughter, on October 15.

The court was told Mr Pewhairangi's girlfriend was in a bar in Queenstown when she was approached by a man, who slapped and groped her buttocks.

Mr Pewhairangi punched the man once on the mouth and the man fell, hit a pool table and broke a tooth.

The judge said a spontaneous single punch followed the unacceptable and probably criminal conduct of the man towards Mr Pewhairangi's girlfriend, and the consequences of a conviction were out of all proportion to the gravity of the offending.

Intentional damage
A 21-year-old Arrowtown woman was granted final name suppression and discharged without conviction on a charge of intentional damage, March 8. She was ordered to pay $300 towards prosecution costs.

Failing to stop
Josiah David Carnie, 24, gib stopper, of Wanaka, was convicted and discharged for, being the user of a bicycle, failing to stop at the request of police, on April 14.

Liquor ban breach
Briana Rose Murray, 23, of Wanaka, was fined $100 for possessing liquor in a public place on April 5.

Breach
Ricky John Colson, 27, of Cromwell, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for breaching release conditions on February 14.

Steven Jozsef Sepsy, 26, of Sunshine Bay, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within four months for breaching community work on February 2.

Driving
Geoffrey Alistair Knox, 63, supervisor and taxi driver, of Frankton, was discharged without conviction on a charge of operating a vehicle carelessly causing injury, on October 9, but ordered to pay $3000 reparation.

Susan Grant, 54, real estate agent, of Wanaka, was discharged without conviction on a charge of careless driving causing injury, on March 17, but was disqualified from driving for eight months and ordered to complete a defensive driving course.

Joshua Remco Vis, 18, of Arrowtown, was discharged without conviction on a charge of disorderly behaviour likely in the circumstances to cause violence against persons to start, on February 25, but was ordered to pay $250 to the Arrowtown fire brigade.

Tiaho A Tawera Taylor-Mahaki was fined $400 and disqualified for six months for driving while disqualified on March 12.

Drink-driving
Rebecca Mary Louise Brosnahan, 37, florist, of Albert Town, was sentenced to four months' community detention, nine months' supervision and disqualified from driving for 15 months when she appeared for sentence for driving with a breath alcohol level of 913mcg, having been convicted at least twice previously, on February 25, and driving while suspended on February 27.

Lindsay Aiden Dixon, 39, driver, of Frankton, 753mcg, having been convicted at least twice previously, on February 4. Sentenced to four months' home detention and disqualified for a year and a day.

Sunny James Pointon, 623mcg on April 8. Fined $450 and disqualified for six months.

Timothy Shawn McGregor, 43, contractor, of Ranfurly, 671mcg on April 3. Fined $1000, disqualified for six months.

Kate Connell Battson, 34, of Lake Hawea, 943mcg on April 21. Fined $750, disqualified for six months.

Mark Edward Smith, 34, of Wanaka, 536mcg on April 7. Fined $400, disqualified for six months.

Simon Gourley, 21, 658mcg on April 8. Fined $475, disqualified for six months.

Alasdair Duncan Masson, 27, of Arrowtown, 606mcg on April 7. Fined $450, disqualified for six months.

Kayden Michael Smith, 18, tyre retreader, of Lake Hayes Estate, 381mcg on April 8. Fined $200, disqualified for three months.

- The Southland Times

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