Agitated man smashed neighbour's mower

Last updated 08:15 05/12/2012

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A man who became agitated at his neighbour mowing his lawns picked up a sledgehammer and shattered the top of the lawnmower, Gore District Court was told last week.

Ivan Louis Elder, 59, appeared before Judge Noel Walsh and admitted intentionally damaging the lawnmower and possessing an offensive weapon, namely the sledgehammer, on November 9, stealing a bottle of beer valued at $5.18 on October 3 and harassing a person with the intention of causing that person, given her personal circumstances, to fear for her safety on October 4.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Glen McMurdo said Elder was at his house and had been drinking when he became agitated at his neighbour mowing lawns.

He picked up a sledgehammer and swung it at the lawnmower but missed. He swung again and struck it, shattering the top of the lawnmower, while yelling abuse about the noise of it.

When spoken to by police he said the lawnmower was noisy and he wanted to shut it up, Mr McMurdo said.

The court was also told Elder entered a liquor store carrying a shopping bag on October 3. He went to the chiller and picked up three bottles of beer putting one in his bag. He placed two bottles on the counter and did not mention he had a third.

On October 4 he parked his vehicle outside the home of a woman who had a harassment notice against him and put a sign in the window of his vehicle which had writing on it about Housing New Zealand. Elder was remanded on bail to February 13 for sentence.

Assault
Karmae-Lee Ryu Johnson, 19, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within 12 months for assault on October 13.

Christopher John Byron was sentenced to 150 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for assault with intent to injure and assault on August 30.

Fishing without licence
Rolando Efren Rarere, 24, of Mataura, was fined $600 for knowingly giving a warranted Fish & Game ranger particulars that were false or misleading, namely that he was the holder of a current sports fishing licence when he was not. He was convicted and discharged for fishing in fresh water, namely the Mataura River, while not being the holder of a current sports fish licence and giving the ranger a false name and place of residence at Mataura on October 6.

Michael Alan Hoffman, 25, car painter, was fined $400 for knowingly giving a warranted Fish & Game ranger particulars that were false, namely that he was the holder of a current sports fish licence, when he was not. He was convicted and discharged for fishing in fresh water, namely the Mataura River, while not being the holder of a current sports fish licence and giving a warranted Fish & Game ranger a false name and place of residence on January 6. He was fined $600 for providing a Fish & Game ranger false or misleading details and convicted and discharged for fishing in freshwater, namely the Mataura River, while not being the holder of a current sports fish licence on April 8.

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Obtaining by deception
Jason Allan Blondell, 33, was sentenced to one month's jail and ordered to pay reparation for one charge of obtaining property by deception and convicted and discharged on four other charges of obtaining by deception. The property obtained included grocery items, petrol and energy drinks between August 10 and 14 at Cromwell, Clyde, Alexandra and Mosgiel.

Using document
Mark John Thompson, 49, was sentenced to 180 hours' community work for dishonestly using a document, namely a CRT card, with intent to obtain property on May 1 last year. He was convicted and discharged for 40 other charges of dishonestly using a document, namely a CRT card, with intent to obtain property between March 26, 2011, and April 21 this year.

The court was told while employed as a supervisor he was issued a CRT card to purchase food and fuel - for work-related expenses only. He made several purchases using the card of items including groceries, fuel and cigarettes.

When spoken to by police he admitted using the CRT card for personal purchases and said he struggled financially. Burglary Matthew James Doig, 25, of Mataura, and Andrew Roy Carroll, 33, also of Mataura, were remanded on bail to February 13 for sentence for five charges of burglary, stealing $195 cash, stealing tools, bolts and washers valued at $3000 and stealing a welder valued at $1500 and two charges of interfering with a vehicle between August 2 and 18.

The offending occurred at Clydevale, Wharetoa, Waikaka Valley, Waikoikoi and Tapanui.

Drugs
William David Witherow, of Balfour, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within 12 months for possessing cannabis at Balfour on June 15. Threatening to kill Edwin Forrest Young, 20, of Mataura, was sentenced to nine months' supervision for threatening to kill a person at Mataura on November 1.

Breach
Chantayne Marie Rangi, 29, of Mataura, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on September 6.

Vivian Hokimate Harris, 49, of Mataura, was convicted and discharged for breaching supervision on October 23.

Driving
John Smith Miller, labourer, was remanded on bail to January 16 for sentence for driving dangerously, failing to stop for red and blue flashing lights and siren, and driving with a breath alcohol level of 587mcg at Riverton on October 26. The court was told Miller was signalled to pull over by an officer at a breath-test checkpoint but accelerated past. He was followed by police but led them on a pursuit.

Eric Shannon Murch, 25, farmer, of Mataura, was sentenced to three months' community detention, disqualified for 12 months and ordered to pay $836 reparation for driving while suspended on June 12, driving carelessly causing injury and while suspended at Clinton on August 13. He was convicted and discharged for breaching community work and breaching supervision.

Leveni Campbell Wallace, 31, farm worker, of Awarua Wetlands, was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months for driving while disqualified at Mataura on October 27.

Marc Daniel Cowan, 24, shearer, of Waikana, was fined $400 and disqualified for six months for driving while disqualified at Mataura on November 18.

Toby James Cooper, 25, trapper, was sentenced to four months' community detention, 15 months' intensive supervision and disqualified indefinitely for driving while disqualified and with a breath alcohol level of 1243mcg on September 7. The court was told it was his fifth drink-driving charge.

Justin Wilson Colligan, 20, was sentenced to seven months' jail, ordered to pay $3500 reparation and disqualified for nine months for driving carelessly and with a breath alcohol level of 701mcg on May 12, driving while suspended and threatening to do grievous bodily harm on July 23 and driving with a breath alcohol level of 746mcg on July 13.

He was convicted and discharged for breaching release conditions on May 15.

Drink-driving
Joseph Neville Borgman, 19, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 732mcg on November 4 and driving with a breath alcohol level of 334mcg (under 20) on October 28.

James Ritchie Gilmore Jane, 68, fencer, of Tapanui, 794mcg at Tapanui on September 8. Fined $1000 and disqualified for one year and one day.

Adam John McDowell, 32, bushman, of Edendale, 868mcg on October 12. Remanded to January 16 for sentence. The court was told it was his sixth drink-driving charge.

Courtney Jade Ramage, 20, 690mcg at Mataura on November 7. Fined $600 and disqualified for nine months.

Matiu Tatepu Walker, 42, of Mataura, 556mcg at Mataura on November 3. Remanded on bail to February 13 for sentence.

Zebulon Lafe Horrell, 20, shepherd, of Waimea, 900mcg on November 18. Fined $800 and disqualified for six months.

Neil Andrew Hamlin, 40, of Orepuki, 971mcg.

Sentenced to three months' community detention and disqualified for one year and one day.

- The Southland Times

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