'Thug should be shown up at school'

Last updated 08:30 23/11/2012

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A 17-year-old boy who stomped on a teenager's head, punched him several times and kicked him in the head was yesterday called a thug by a judge.

Vincent Laine Robertson, 17, appeared before Judge Michael Behrens in Invercargill District Court yesterday for assault with intent to injure on October 29. He was remanded on bail to January 29 for sentence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said Robertson and the victim were in a hallway at their high school when Robertson punched him with both hands several times to the face.

The victim held his hands up to protect himself but was knocked to the ground. Robertson stood over him and kicked him several times in the head while he was being watched by a 19-year-old, he said.

Robertson stomped on the victim's head once before the 19-year-old kicked the victim twice in the lower back, he said.

Robertson grabbed the victim by the jersey, pulled him into a sitting position and told him not to touch his girlfriend again. A teacher arrived and told Robertson to stop, he said.

He let the victim go and he fell back to the floor. Robertson and his associate walked away, he said.

The victim suffered concussion, abrasions and bruising.

Robertson admitted punching, kicking and stomping on the victim's head and said he did it because he was involved with his girlfriend in a previous incident at the weekend, Mr Mills said.

Judge Behrens said Robertson was a thug and the school should be assembled and the summary of facts read while Robertson stood next to the reader.

Threatening behaviour
Bradley Owen Sherborne, 24, farmer, of Central Otago, was remanded on bail to January 25 for sentence for behaving in a threatening manner likely to cause violence, using insulting words being reckless as to whether any person was alarmed or insulted , and resisting police on October 27.

Mr Mills said Sherborne was asked to leave a house after he became grossly intoxicated and began fighting people. He fell to the ground and bumped his head and police were called to remove him but when they arrived he yelled and swore at them and other people.

He was warned to stop but continued and when arrested he resisted. He was taken to Southland Hospital for treatment for his head injury and continued to swear, yell and abuse police and hospital staff, Mr Mills said.

Using a document
Brent Kelvin Gordon, 52, was remanded on bail to January 29 for sentence on 23 charges of dishonestly using a document, namely a Westpac debit card, on 181 occasions to obtain cash between August 14, 2010, and October 14, this year, and one charge of receiving stolen property.

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The court was told Gordon was staying with a woman when he took her Westpac card and hid it in the garage. He used her card on 181 occasions to withdraw a total of $9348.03 from her account.

The bank phoned the victim to advise her the account was overdrawn and Gordon admitted taking her card, withdrawing the cash and said he had got the pin number by looking over her shoulder when she had previously used it.

He told police the money was to buy illicit drugs.

Burglary
Alex Mataora Ngatae, 24, was sentenced to six months' home detention, 100 hours' community work and ordered to pay reparation and emotional harm reparation for burglary on July 31, dishonestly using a cheque with intent to obtain a pecuniary advantage on August 2, and assault and burglary on September 2. He was convicted and discharged for removing a protective structure, namely a powerbox cover, from a public place in circumstances likely to cause injury on August 6 and driving while forbidden on September 2.

Assault
Christopher Paul Vincent, 20, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work for assault on October 18.

Cory John Pile, 19, was sentenced to 150 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for two charges of assault on August 11.

Daniel Michael Turipa, 19, shearer, of Mataura, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work for assault with intent to injure and disqualified from driving for six months for driving dangerously on August 20.

He was convicted and discharged for behaving in a disorderly manner on September 27 and remanded to March 8 for sentence for assaulting a female on August 20.

Intentional damage
Melissa Louise Amaris Wilson, 29, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months for intentionally damaging a door and damaging the property of a protected person while a protection order was in force against her on November 2.

Theft
Joseph Regan Andy Epiha, 24, was remanded in custody to November 26 after he admitted four charges of theft, including bottles of vodka and whisky, from two Invercargill liquor stores between June 16 and August 11.

David Thomas Kerry Bowman, 21, was sentenced to four months' community detention for stealing a Zephyr gearbox valued at $150 from the Southland Zodiac and Zephyr Club between April 1 and May 11 and two charges of breaching community work on July 31 and October 23. He was also re-sentenced on earlier charges.

Breach
Jay Michael Chalmers was sentenced to 40 hours' community work for two charges of breaching community work on September 15 and October 28.

Christian Bryce Fisher, fisherman, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on October 13.

Tamati Mohi Moeau, 19, was remanded on bail to January 29 for sentence for breaching release conditions on October 31 and breaching community work on September 28.

Tyrone Jason Watterston, 20, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work at Dunedin.

Waipatu Winitana-Waihirere, 18, was sentenced to 150 hours' community work for breaching community work on September 29.

Paul John Scannell, 45, was convicted and discharged for breaching intensive supervision on May 28.

Darren Paul Scannell was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on October 16 and November 6.

Driving
Ria Theresa Henry, 37, meat worker, of Riverton, was remanded on bail to January 29 for sentence for causing bodily injury to a person while driving with a breath alcohol level of 1404mcg on October 20.

The court was told she crossed the centre line and crashed into a stationary vehicle before continuing to drive with a buckled right front wheel, mounted a footpath and almost collided with another vehicle. She pulled into another street, crossed the centre line and came to a stop, the court was told.

Michael William Matthews, 25, shearer, of Tuatapere, was fined $500 and disqualified for 12 months for driving while suspended on November 9.

Joseph Rameka Turei, 19, was convicted and discharged for driving while forbidden on October 27.

He was fined $250 and disqualified for four months for driving with a breath-alcohol level of 181mcg (under 20) and unlawfully getting onto a motorcycle on October 27.

Jade Edwin Robert Bazley-Attfield, 21, of Bluff, was sentenced to 200 hours' community work and disqualified for 12 months for driving while disqualified and with a breath-alcohol level of 621mcg on October 30.

Drink-driving
Jessie Marie Wairau, 22, was remanded on bail to January 25 for sentence for driving with a breath-alcohol level of 754mcg on October 27.

Scott Andrew Yardley, 27, builder, of Winton, 745mcg at Oamaru on November 4. Fined $700 and disqualified for six months.

Lee Anthony Todd, 577mcg at Riverton on October 27. Fined $800 and disqualified for eight months.

Logan Rhys Solomon, 18, of Riverton, 527mcg on November 2. Fined $500 and disqualified for six months.

Amy Louise Wright, 857mcg on October 25. Remanded on bail to February 1 for sentence.

- The Southland Times

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