Pedestrian hit 'because windows foggy'

Last updated 07:10 22/08/2012

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A man who hit an 81-year-old with his car told police he did not see the pedestrian because his windscreen was fogged and the demister was faulty, Invercargill District Court heard last week.

Jason Edward Birch-Morunga, 23, labourer, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips on a charge of careless driving causing injury on July 26. Birch-Morunga was remanded to September 7 for sentence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said Birch-Morunga was stopped at traffic lights waiting to turn right.

The front left side of the windscreen was fogged and the passenger-side window was iced, Mr Mills said.

When the lights turned green, Birch-Morunga turned right at the same time as an 81-year-old man started to cross the road when signalled by a green pedestrian crossing light, Mr Mills said.

The man was struck by the vehicle, thrown on to the bonnet and his head hit the windscreen. Birch-Morunga stopped immediately, Mr Mills said.

When spoken to by police, Birch-Morunga said he did not see the pedestrian because his windscreen was fogged and the demister in the car was faulty. The man was taken to Southland Hospital and suffered a fracture to his left fibula, Mr Mills said.

Theft
Hayley Mataramari Stevens, 18, was remanded to September 28 for sentence for stealing $40 worth of clothing on August 14. Assault Dylan Pierre O'Connell, 19, was sentenced to 150 hours' community work for assault on August 11.

Wilful trespass
Miles Ernest Wayne Carey, 56, farmer, of Tuatapere, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months for wilfully trespassing at Tuatapere on August 7.

Intentional damage
Te Waimarina Stevens, 17, of Bluff, was remanded to August 21 for sentence for intentionally damaging two casserole dishes, wilfully trespassing and stealing hair dye priced at $15 from H & J Smiths on July 23. Unlawful interference Aidan Patrick O'Neill, 19, student, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for dishonestly interfering with a vehicle on July 18. Burglary Hamish David Williams, 23, was remanded to October 9 for sentence for burglary on August 2.

Brandon Antony McGregor, 18, was sentenced to eight months' jail for burglaries on August 2 and 5, stealing 25 chocolate bars from New World on July 28 and stealing jeans from Hallensteins on August 5.

Perverting course of justice
Brent Alan Service, 38, was remanded to October 4 for sentence for conspiring to pervert the course of justice by supplying a a sworn affidavit, knowing it to be untrue, on May 15.

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Possessing knife
Joshua Jon Brookland, 22, panelbeater, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for possessing a knife in a public place without reasonable excuse and behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence, on August 12.

Unlawfully in building
Barbara Jane Nicol, 28, of Ohai, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months and ordered to pay $65.90 reparation for unlawfully entering a building at Ohai on August 11.

Cannabis
Ricky Charles Sheed, 34, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work for possessing cannabis on June 28.

Breach
Shannon Brian Colyer, 23, was remanded to August 24 for sentence for breaching community work on June 26 and July 2.

Draydon John Sinclair, 26, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on July 7.

Raven Hinetitama Johnson, 21, was convicted and discharged for breaching community detention on July 12.

Kieran Garth Haggerty, 21, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on July 21.

Noel Rose Harvey, 23, of Kennington, was sentenced to one month's community detention for breaching community detention on July 21.

Driving
Bonnie Ilea Fleury, 27, was sentenced to 180 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for nine months for driving while disqualified on July 26.

Kanan Raman, 71, was sentenced to 120 hours' community work, ordered to pay $969 reparation and disqualified for nine months for driving dangerously and under the influence of drink or drugs on June 30. The court was told Raman drove across four lanes, up a driveway, struck a house and a fence and when back on the road veered off again, mounted a kerb and drove into another fence.

Levi Anderson, 18, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on July 31.

Drink-driving
Sanka Jane Humphrys was resentenced to 12 months' intensive supervision for driving with a breath-alcohol level of 618 micrograms at Queenstown on November 5. The court was told she had completed 3 months of a four-month home detention sentence.

Patrick John Hackett, 51, labourer, 565mcg on August 10. Sentenced to 130 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for 10 months.

Tony Richard Grieve, 601mcg on May 26. Seven months' jail and disqualified for one year and three months.

Brendon Matthew Beattie, 19, of Lumsden, fined $350 and disqualified for four months for driving with a blood-alcohol level of 69 milligrams at Mossburn on July 14.

- The Southland Times

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