Home detention for cannabis possession
Stuart Richard Birse, 40, dairy worker, of Otautau, was sentenced to nine months' home detention and 150 hours' community work for possessing cannabis for the purpose of sale between April 19 and May 6 last year.
The Invercargill District Court was told that police found a cannabis drying room with almost 3kg of cannabis head drying when Birse appeared before Judge Michael Behrens last week.
Garry William Menpes, 37, mechanic, and Kelly Grace Hilton, 32, were each sentenced to 11 months' home detention for selling cannabis to persons of or over the age of 18, possessing cannabis for the purpose of sale and cultivating cannabis plant. All offending occurred between May 27 and July 19. The court was told text messages indicating the dealing of cannabis were found on their cellphones. Police also searched a house and found two cannabis plants.
Kim Maree Moon, 38, was sentenced to six months' community detention, 100 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for eight months for conspiring with Brent Alan Service to pervert the course of justice by supplying an affidavit knowing it was untrue, on May 15, and driving with a breath alcohol level of 804mcg on January 21.
Brent Alan Service, 38, was sentenced to six months' community detention and 100 hours' community work for conspiring with Kim Maree Moon to pervert the course of justice by supplying an affidavit knowing it was untrue, on May 15.
The court was told Moon was processed for drink-driving but denied being the driver and a few months later Service signed an affidavit stating he was the driver. It was found to be untrue and Service admitted what he had done and said Moon had talked him into it by Moon. Moon said nothing when spoken to by police. Judge Behrens said both were equally culpable.
The Southland Times