Judge: Early-morning attacks blight resort
A carpenter admitted assaulting a 26-year-old Australian man outside Fergburger on August 19, when he appeared before Judge Dominic Flatley in Queenstown District Court this week.
Timothy Gary Donald, 31, admitted one charge of assault with intent to injure after police withdrew a second, more serious, charge of injuring under circumstances that if death had been caused he would have been guilty of manslaughter.
Sergeant Glen McMurdo said the assault was captured on Queenstown's recently installed CCTV camera system. Footage showed Donald punch his victim once with his left fist, rendering the victim unconscious on the road for one to two minutes, Mr McMurdo said. The victim required nine stitches to his lip after the assault.
"Yet again I read a summary of offending in the early hours of the morning at or around Fergburger," the judge said.
"There is too much of this type of offending in Queenstown in the early hours of the morning. It does not give Queenstown or the tourism industry a very good name."
The judge asked Donald whether he had considered the worst-case scenario and told him "people have been killed from a single punch to the head" in this town. Have you thought about that?"
Donald was convicted and sentenced to 150 hours' community work and ordered to pay emotional harm reparation of $1000 to his victim.
A 31-year-old Argentinian man will be deported on Saturday after he was convicted on three charges of burglary.
Dante Oscar Burgos, hotel worker, admitted entering his former workplace, Thai Siam in Queenstown, on three occasions in July without authority with the intent to commit a crime.
Lawyer Sonia Vidal said Burgos had worked for the employer for 18 months and had resided in Queenstown for several years. After the death of his father, he returned to Queenstown to find he had not been paid for leave he believed he was entitled to so entered his former workplace using a key he had and took money on four occasions.
The judge said Burgos should have taken up his grievance with the employer or made a claim with an appropriate organisation.
"You do not take the law into your own hands," he said.
Burgos was convicted on three charges and fined $1800 plus court costs to be paid by September 14. He was remanded until September 24 on a fourth charge, on which he will be convicted and discharged after Immigration New Zealand confirms he has left the country.
Tyler Antony Dudding, 19, student, of Dunedin, was fined $800 plus court costs for resisting arrest and breaching the liquor ban in Camp St on September 2.
Tommy Joseph Kelly, 27, was convicted and fined $3000 plus court costs for injuring with intent to injure on August 3 in Queenstown.
Ross Nicholas Duncan, 23, of Wanaka, convicted and fined $1550 plus court costs for assault on July 8 in Wanaka.
Shannon Bray Rowe, 18, of Lake Hawea, convicted and sentenced to 200 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision and ordered to pay $470 reparation for assault with intent to injure on July 6 at Wanaka.
Rowe was also ordered to undertake drug and alcohol and anger management counselling as directed by his probation officer.
Adam Campbell Fleming, 26, chef, of Queenstown, convicted and sentenced to 150 hours' community work for assaulting a female and intentionally damaging an ATM machine. He was ordered to pay $971.56 reparation to Kiwibank in relation to the intentional damage charge.
Ashley Paul Coles, 17, student, convicted and sentenced to 12 months' supervision for assaulting and threatening to injure Sergeant Steven Neil Watt, of the Queenstown police, and unlawfully being in a yard on September 1.
Daniel James Hamilton, 38, stoker, convicted and fined $750 plus court costs and sentenced to 12 months' supervision and ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol assessment for disorderly behaviour in Queenstown on June 23.
Travis Maxwell Hamilton, 24, insurance salesman, of Christchurch, admitted careless driving after he was caught travelling at 104kmh past a stationary school bus in the Cardrona Valley Rd on May 24. Maxwell was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for one month. He had his licence automatically suspended for 28 days immediately after the incident.
Reece Casey, 25, security officer, disqualified from driving for 18 months from January 11, 2013, and sentenced to 75 hours' community work for driving while disqualified on September 8 in Lake Esplanade.
Ricky Arron Denver Lee, 34, bar manager, convicted and fined $500 plus court costs and disqualified for six months for driving while disqualified on June 11 at Queenstown.
Jonathon Wright, 20, electrician, of Dunedin, was sentenced to 180 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision and ordered to undertake a drug and alcohol assessment, for possession of ecstasy, possession of cannabis, common assault and disorderly behaviour.
Nicholas James Manning, 26, bar manager, convicted and fined $800 plus court costs and ordered to pay $57.50 reparation for possession of cannabis and intentionally damaging a door in Queenstown on June 24.
Brent Andrew John McKay, 42, bushman, was sentenced to 250 hours' community work and four months' community detention for theft by a person in a special relationship. McKay was also ordered to pay reparation of $1067.80 to Lay It On Flooring.
Glenn Elliot Bussell, 41, manager, of Wanaka, convicted and fined $1000 plus court costs and ordered to pay $2187 reparation for altering a document and obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception.
Julien Romain Janaud, 23, technician, of France, convicted and fined $1000 plus court costs for receiving a digital camera worth $300 on August 27.
Korean man William Kweon, 30, farmer, of Mossburn, was sentenced to 200 hours' community work and four months' community detention for his third drink-driving conviction. Kweon had a breath alcohol reading of 670mcg when he was stopped in Frankton Rd on June 24. He was also sentenced to 12 months' supervision, ordered to undertake drug and alcohol counselling and disqualified for 15 months.
Taylem Anthony Matthews, 18, 534mcg and sustained loss of traction on August 19, in Watts Rd. Fined $580 plus court costs and $300 for loss of traction. Disqualified for nine months.
Pil Sung Moon, 26, of Lake Hayes, 550mcg, on September 5, in Stanley St. Fined $600 plus court costs and disqualified for six months.
Ashley Stephen Godfrey, 30, 1080mcg, on September 4, in Hallenstein St. Fined $1200 plus court costs and disqualified for eight months.
Milagros Valeria Herrera Macedo, 22, shop assistant, 833mcg, on August 19, in Fernhill Rd. Sentenced to 40 hours' community work and disqualified for seven months.
Karen Michelle Reeves, 44, 248mg blood alcohol , on August 17, in Frankton Rd. Fined $1000 plus court costs and ordered to pay $80 for medical exam and $93 medical analyst fee. Disqualified for eight months.
Agustin Enrique Vignolo Casaravilla, 20, of Uruguay, breath alcohol 259mcg on September 1 when he was 19, at Queenstown. Fined $300 plus court costs and disqualified for three months.
Brae Antony Metcalfe, 21, builder, 714mcg on September 2. Fined $760 plus court costs and disqualified for six months.
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