Judge jails 'extremely violent' man

19:30, Sep 18 2012

A man who went to his ex-partner's property and attacked her door and vehicle was told by a judge last week he was an extremely violent person.

Michael Williams, 38, butcher, of Gore, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips in Invercargill District Court last week for possessing an offensive weapon in circumstances which showed an intention to use it to commit an offence involving the threat or fear of violence, damaging a house with intent to intimidate or annoy a person, intentionally damaging a vehicle and possessing a firearm, namely a Ruger M77 243-calibre rifle, without a licence, on June 25.

He was sentenced to seven months' jail and ordered to pay $352.71 reparation.

Judge Phillips said Williams went to his ex-partner's property where he yelled abuse, kicked and threw a wheelie bin at her back door and picked up a stick and smashed the windscreen of her vehicle before running away.

Police later found a Ruger rifle at his house, he said.

“I assess you as an extremely violent person,” Judge Phillips said.


Williams' lawyer, Jono Ross, said he had initially gone to the property to retrieve tools but had become angry. The rifle was a separate matter, he said.

He pleaded guilty at the earliest reasonable opportunity, Mr Ross said.

Richard Lance Grace, 29, was ordered to pay $500 emotional harm reparation for assault on August 30.

Threatening behaviour
Gregory William Ashworth, 52, of Ohai, was ordered to come up for sentence if called on within nine months for threatening to damage a house with intent to intimidate at Ohai on August 22.

James Gilbert Saunders, 31, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months for threatening to injure with intent to frighten on September 4.

Robert Nicolas Andrews, 33, was sentenced to four months' community detention for burglary on July 23.

Intentional damage
Daniel Allan Johnston, 28, carpenter, of Otatara, was remanded to September 14 for intentionally damaging a door on September 8.

Andrew Stuart Bristow, 25, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work for stealing an Ipod valued at $150 on September 3.

Clayton William Dixon was sentenced to 50 hours' community work for possessing cannabis, possessing utensils and behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence at Wanaka on August 25.

Hemi George Koroheke, 35, was remanded till October 19 for compliance for breaching community work at Christchurch on July 1.

Hayden Ian Key, 22, of Dipton, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work for two charges of breaching home detention on September 4.

Shane Leigh McDowell, 28, of Tuatapere, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work at Tuatapere on August 4.

Narina Michelle Harris, 45, was sentenced to two months' community detention for breaching community work on June 29.

Simon Eugene Palmer, 27, meat worker, was sentenced to 170 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for 12 months and an order was made for confiscation of the vehicle for driving with a sustained loss of traction and with a breath alcohol level of 665mcg on August 24.

Michael James Joseph Bennett, 21, builder, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on August 21.

Tumai Rohe Karetai, 25, was sentenced to 90 hours' community work and disqualified for nine months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 501mcg on September 7.

Adam Ethan Payne, of Wreys Bush, was sentenced to 200 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision and disqualified indefinitely for driving with a blood alcohol level of 246mg on June 2.

The Southland Times