Shearer hit workmate, breaking tooth

Last updated 07:15 19/11/2012

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A 44-year-old man last week admitted punching an 18-year-old shearer in the mouth, breaking his tooth and loosening another.

Edmund Eruera Wickliffe, 44, shearer, appeared before Judge Stephen Coyle in Balclutha District Court for injuring with reckless disregard for the safety of others at Lawrence on August 19. He was remanded on bail to January 14 for sentence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Glen McMurdo said an 18-year-old shearer went to a shearing company's quarters to work for the day and had served himself a plate of breakfast when Wickliffe approached him.

Wickliffe asked his name and after the victim told him he punched him with a closed fist in the mouth, he said.

The blow broke one of his front teeth off and severely loosened another. He also suffered a cut lip and was off work for five days, Mr McMurdo said.

Wickliffe admitted punching the teen and said he did it because he had stolen his daughter's scooter on Waitangi Weekend.

Wickliffe's lawyer Mike Newell said his client was remorseful and realised his behaviour was inappropriate.

Stuart Edward McArthur was fined $500 for assault at Milton on October 6.

Lucan James Melvin, 33, farmer, of Stirling, was remanded on bail to January 14 for sentence for assaulting a female on September 14.

Darren Oxley, 44, was sentenced to three months' community detention and six months' supervision for assaulting a female on September 3.

John Francis Neilson, 35, farm hand, of Ashley Downs, was fined $400 for possessing 41 cannabis seeds and possessing 11g of cannabis on September 28.

Leesa Jane Davies, 21, of Kaitangata, was fined $400 for possessing cannabis and possessing utensils at Cromwell on September 27.

Haylen Henry Meaclem, 21, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within nine months for breaching release conditions on October 31.

Daniel Shaun Wilson-Marsh, 19, of Kaitangata, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on October 27.

Ashley Blair Thompson, 22, concrete worker, of Kaitangata, was sentenced to 150 hours' community work, ordered to pay $5997.64 and disqualified from driving for 15 months' for driving while suspended, causing an injury to a person by carelessly using a vehicle and driving on the wrong side of the road and making a false statement on September 29. The court was told Thompson was driving about 120kmh on the Owaka highway and approached a moderate right hand bend.

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He was distracted by talking to his passenger and moved too far to the left, lost control and tried to correct the vehicle. He drove into a give way railway crossing sign before coming to rest. The vehicle was extensively damaged and the passenger suffered suspected concussion and glass in his eyes but appeared to have no lasting injuries, the court was told.

Thompson then provided police with a statement saying his passenger was driving at the time of the crash.

Judge Coyle said Thompson had some training as a rally car driver, which had enabled him to regain control but the crash would not have happened if he had not being careless. "Your driving was foolhardy and reckless."

Benjamin Anthony Keenan, 23, railway worker, of Clinton, was fined $1000 and disqualified for seven months for driving while disqualified at Clinton on October 31.

Nicholas Michael McKay, 20, welder, of Milton, was fined $600 and disqualified for seven months for failing to stop after causing a non-injury accident at Milton on September 15. He was convicted and discharged for driving carelessly.

Logan Russell Zweis, 26, farm worker, of Clifton (Clutha District), was fined $750 and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on October 20.

Andrew Blair Christie, 37, truck driver, of Milton, was remanded on bail to December 10 for sentence for driving with a breath alcohol level of 486mcg at Milton on November 10. The court was told he crashed into a house.

Brendon Mark Anderson, 40, dairy farmer, of Kuriwao, 741mcg at Clinton on October 19. Fined $800 and disqualified from driving for seven months.

Jason Noel Davey, 42, 538mcg on October 27. Fined $500 and disqualified for seven months.

Amanda Pamela Marion Dey, 32, 764mcg on October 27. Fined $750 and disqualified for seven months.

Jackson David Allan Flett, 19, of Milton, 506mcg on November 3. Fined $500 and disqualified for seven months.

Bevan Hugh McCall, 30, labourer, 743mcg on November 8. Fined $1000 and disqualified for 11 months.

Kevin John Mulvihill, 63, meat worker, of Kaka Point, 651mcg on October 26. Fined $650 and disqualified for seven months.

Diane Mary Hansen, 66, 443mcg on August 29. Sentenced to three months' community detention and disqualified for 18 months.

James Philip Tasker, 67, hotel worker, 628mcg on September 23. Sentenced to four months' community detention, six months' supervision and disqualified for 18 months.

- The Southland Times

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