Setting off fire alarm 'silly'

Last updated 07:00 11/07/2012

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Silly and impulsive were words yesterday used by a judge in Gore District Court to describe the actions of a teenager who intentionally set off a fire alarm at McDonald's.

Hamish Gregory Whitelaw Heaslip, 19, electrician, of Rosedale, appeared before Judge Michael Turner for setting off a false fire alarm on April 14.

He was fined $200 and ordered to pay $1426 reparation.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Grant Gerken said Heaslip was at McDonald's in the early hours of the morning with a group of friends when they started a fight.

They were all asked to leave by staff, but Heaslip became aggressive and started arguing, he said.

He punched the fire alarm in the entrance of McDonald's before leaving in a waiting vehicle.

The restaurant was closed for about half an hour and the Gore Volunteer Fire Brigade was called.

McDonald's was charged for the call-out by the New Zealand Fire Service for the intentional false alarm, Mr Gerken said.

When spoken to by police Heaslip said he set the alarm off because he was annoyed he had to leave.

Judge Turner said Heaslip acted impulsively and caused a lot of trouble. "It was a silly thing to do," he said.

Assault
Ethan James Paulsen, 22, apiarist, of Tapanui, was sentenced to 175 hours community work and nine months supervision for assaulting a female and assault between December 1 and 8, threatening to injure a person knowing his conduct was likely to intimidate and assault on December 1 and behaving in a threatening manner on December 25. All offending occurred at Tapanui.

Fighting
Frederick Isaac Patu, 27, shearer, was convicted and discharged for fighting in public on May 25.

Breach
Waiena Patricia Matehaere, 37, was ordered to come up for sentence if called on within nine months for breaching community work on May 24.

Jamie-Lee Helen Cruickshank, 20, was convicted and discharged for breaching home detention on June 12.

Shanae Leisha Paterson Green, 19, was ordered to come up for sentence if called on within six months for breaching community work on May 11.

Theft
Brett William Williams, 33, was remanded to August 15 for sentence for six charges of stealing petrol valued at a total of $1150, one charge of stealing a quad bike valued at $1500, three charges of stealing tools valued at a total of $2680, two charges of burglary, two charges of intentional damage, which included a metal cabinet, an electric fence unit and three bags of magnesium and receiving a motorcycle valued at $300 knowing it had been stolen. All offending occurred between April 1 and May 27.

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Scott Matthew Richardson, 17, of Wairuna, was remanded to August 15 for sentence for six charges of stealing petrol valued at a total of $1150, one charge of stealing a quad bike valued at $1500, three charges of stealing tools valued at a total of $2680, two charges of burglary, two charges of intentional damage, which included a metal cabinet, electric fence unit and three bags of magnesium and unlawfully taking a motorcycle. All offending occurred at Clinton, Milton and Waikaka between April 1 and May 27.

Driving
Hori Franklin Mihaere, 26, farm worker, of Woodlands, was remanded to September 5 for sentence for driving while forbidden and with a breath alcohol level of 778mcg at Mataura on May 26.

Alister Derek Gray, 62, of Mataura, was fined $950 and disqualified for eight months for driving carelessly and with a blood alcohol level of 162mg at Mataura on June 10.

Corey Grant Turipa, 30, shearer, of Wyndham, was remanded to September 5 for sentence for driving while forbidden and with a breath alcohol level of 510mcg at Mataura on June 8.

Carey Te Waiponamu Andrews, 19, was sentenced to 40 hours community work and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on June 11.

Jamie Lee Gaastra Pickens, 20, labourer, of Mandeville, was sentenced to three months community detention, 250 hours community work, and nine months supervision, fined $300 and disqualified indefinitely for giving false information and driving with a breath alcohol level of 612mcg on February 19.

Drink-driving
Allan James Joseph, 41, shearer, of Mataura, was remanded to September 5 for sentence for driving with a breath alcohol level of 724mcg at Mataura on May 17.

Kyle James Fisken, 19, contractor, 509mcg on June 24. Fined $350 and disqualified for six months.

Sarah Elizabeth Williams, 20, farmer, of Knapdale, was fined $600 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 135mg at Edendale on June 23.

Nicholas Blair Johnston, 23, dairy farmer, of Te Kiteroa, 116mg at Mataura on May 12. Fined $450 and disqualified for six months.

- The Southland Times

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