Youth who took car 'wanted fun'

Last updated 07:30 14/11/2012

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A 17-year-old Riversdale farmer who unlawfully took his boss's vehicle and drove it in a sustained loss of traction told police he had wanted to have a bit of fun, Gore District Court was told last week.

Kenneth Roger Cooper-Campbell, 17, farm worker, of Riversdale, appeared before Judge Michael Turner yesterday for unlawfully taking a vehicle at Riversdale on October 29.

He drove it with a sustained loss of traction at Mataura on October 30.

He was remanded on bail to December 19 for sentence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said Cooper-Campbell was given permission by his employer to take the vehicle to his home but later that evening he drove to Mataura and met a friend, which he did not have permission to do.

About 5am he was driving around Mataura when, at an intersection, he accelerated heavily and applied the brake with his other foot causing the rear tyres to spin while the vehicle remained stationary, he said.

He then drove over grass plots and public playgrounds before driving down a no-exit gravel road where his friend began driving. His friend drove in a dangerous manner and crashed through a fence, Mr Mills said.

Cooper-Campbell told police he had wanted to have a bit of fun, he said.

Defence lawyer Paul Gray said the offending was not premeditated and was mindless behaviour.

Theft
Dyllan James Geerlings, 22, dairy worker, of Dacre, was convicted and discharged for stealing two Jimmy's Pies valued at $7.50 from Lumsden Lotto & Dairy on May 27. He was sentenced to four months' home detention, 100 hours' community work and ordered to pay $300 reparation for burglary at Dacre on August 1, intentionally damaging a window at Wyndham on August 25 and possessing cannabis on September 12.

Assault
Luiz Carlos Greber, of Brazil, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within three months for assault at Mataura.

Nathan Kirk Hoffman, 21, was fined $250 for assault on October 19.

Karl Whenua Barrington Tamou, 35, meat worker, was sentenced to nine months' home detention and ordered to pay $500 emotional harm reparation for injuring with intent to injure at Kapiti on April 7.

The court was told that he tackled the victim and punched him repeatedly in the head, mainly about his left eye and surrounding area.

Drugs
Stephen James Blondell, 34, shed hand, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work for possessing utensils for smoking cannabis and intentionally obstructing police on October 28.

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Breach
Roberta Sylvia Haare, 32, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work for breaching home detention conditions on October 5 and resentenced for another charge of breaching home detention conditions.

Joshua James Reynolds was sentenced to two months' community detention for breaching community work.

Christian Michael Cook, 25, dairy worker, of Pukerau, was sentenced to 90 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for two charges of breaching a protection order between July 29 and August 27.

Disorderly behaviour
Brian Skilton, 17, was ordered to undertake 20 hours' voluntary community work and the judge indicated he would then convict and discharge him for behaving in a disorderly manner on November 3.

Driving
Leanne McInnes, 45, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for refusing to accompany police and driving with a breath alcohol level of 846mcg on October 28.

Jade Moana Mekii, 17, farm hand, of Glenkenich, was fined $400 and disqualified for six months for driving while disqualified on October 9.

Stevi Roseanne Williams, 24, was fined $400 and disqualified for six months for driving while disqualified on October 26.

Shamus William O'Connell, 18, farm worker, of Brydone, was remanded on bail to December 19 for sentence for driving carelessly and with a breath alcohol level of 589mcg at Mataura on October 28.

Jason John Matu Peek, 42, of Mataura, was fined $400, disqualified for six months and his vehicle was confiscated for driving while disqualified at Mataura on October 20.

Cameron Dale Tremaine, 17, meat worker, of Balclutha, was fined $500, disqualified for six months and his vehicle was confiscated for driving with a sustained loss of traction and with a breath alcohol level of 384mcg (under 20) on October 27.

Drink-driving
Michael John McKee, 51, of Mataura, was fined $1000 and disqualified for one year and one month for driving with a breath alcohol level of 512mcg at Mataura on October 7. Tamara Mei Pennicott-Peni, 24, of Mataura, was fined $600 and disqualified for six months after testing for 677mcg on October 7.

- The Southland Times

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