Man sentenced for sexual assault

Last updated 08:20 29/10/2012

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A 26-year-old man who indecently assaulted a woman was sentenced in Invercargill District Court last week.

The man, who has final name suppression, appeared before Judge Richard Russell for indecent assault on a female aged over 16 and assault on June 27.

He was sentenced to 120 hours' community work, nine months' supervision and given a warning under the three-strikes law.

Judge Russell said the man was living with one of the victims and her children.

He arrived home intoxicated and began to kiss the woman on her cheek and forehead before she pushed him away.

Some of her friends arrived and the man also tried to kiss one of the females before again being pushed away. He then pulled the first woman into the kitchen, pinned her against a fridge and began to kiss her while rubbing his hands over her stomach. A male got the man away and both victims left the house.

Judge Russell said the pre-sentence report says the man had no recollection of the incident and was remorseful and regretful. "Any assault charge is serious but indecent assault charges are doubly so."

Assault
Stacy Andrew Dewar, 24, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work and six months' supervision for assaulting a female on October 7.

Intentional damage
Hilton James Michael Ashbrook, 22, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work, fined $300 and ordered to pay $250 reparation for intentionally damaging a fire sprinkler in a police cell and behaving in a disorderly manner on October 12.

Amanda Twining, 21, of Dunedin, was remanded on bail till December 11 for sentence for assault on July 8.

Thomas Charles Farquhar, 19, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work, six months' supervision and ordered to pay $350 emotional harm reparation for assaulting a female and behaving in a threatening manner likely to cause violence on March 24.

The court was told he punched his partner in the stomach twice and placed his hands around her neck and later the same day he grabbed her wrists and pushed her into a cupboard door.

He later made abusive comments to her in the city centre.

Receiving
Chancey Kahn Wairau, 24, was sentenced to 12 months' jail and ordered to pay $1487.69 reparation for receiving a hunting and fishing jacket, a lawnmower and a bike rack, knowing the items were stolen, and receiving a CD head unit being reckless as to whether it was stolen, burglary and breaching post-detention conditions. All offending occurred between March 14 and June 12.

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Theft
Daniel Francis Ashbrook, 32, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work, ordered to pay reparation and disqualified from driving for three months for stealing a deer gate valued at $289.28 and attempting to steal a deer gate on or about September 18.

"It's a miserable theft," Judge Russell said.

Shane Michael Manga, 39, was fined $300 and ordered to pay $22.99 reparation for stealing a beanie from Caltex on October 18.

Breach
Dean John Sabiston, 20, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work for breaching community work on September 18.

Driving
Tony Allan Cameron, 39, was remanded till December 11 for sentence for driving while forbidden and with a breath-alcohol level of 1005mcg on September 27. Judge Russell said it was Cameron's fifth drink-driving charge.

Jordan Albert McDowall, 18, was sentenced to nine months' jail, ordered to pay $350 emotional harm reparation and disqualified indefinitely for driving while disqualified, driving dangerously and with a breath-alcohol level of 713mcg on September 22, and assault at Dunedin on August 25.

Drink-driving
Regan Francis Emerson, 21, was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving with a breath-alcohol level of 796mcg on October 21.

Shane Leonard Pearce was sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified for seven months for driving with a blood-alcohol level of 197mg on August 23.

- The Southland Times

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