Man tried to burn down toilets, then rang 111

Last updated 08:00 17/12/2012

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A man who tried to burn down a Milton public toilet on Christmas Eve last year has been sentenced to five months' home detention.

Andrew Magnus Healey, meatworker, of Milton, was sentenced in Balclutha District Court in Gore last week by Judge Stephen O'Driscoll after pleading guilty to arson.

He had gone to a petrol station and bought 88c of fuel before going to the toilets, the court was told. He went inside and set a fire with toilet paper in the men's cubicle before doing the same in the women's toilet, then went to a telephone box and called the fire service to say what he had done.

Healey had previous convictions for setting fire to property in 1995 and falsely reporting a fire in 1999, Judge O'Driscoll said.

Healey's lawyer, John Westgate, said his client was depressed at the time of the offending, and it was a low-level offence. He had engaged with community work and restorative justice well, Mr Westgate said.

Judge O'Driscoll said Healey had previously completed a home detention sentence and the lack of damage to the property meant a prison sentence was not suitable.

He sentenced Healey to five months' home detention and 150 hours' community work and told him any further offending would result in a jail sentence.

Tane James Whaanga, 18, was remanded to January 14 for sentence for assault with intent to injure during a fight at a touch rugby competition on November 8. Whaanga was with a group of youths who attacked a 14-year-old boy. The victim suffered four chipped teeth.

Misifosa Aleni, 22, was remanded to January 14 for sentence for assault with intent to injure, assaulting a female and assault with a weapon, after a domestic incident on October 25.

Zane Taitoa Currie, 17, farmhand, of Kaitangata, was sentenced to 150 hours' community work for assault with intent to injure, resisting arrest and breaching a liquor ban on September 30. Currie also admitted breaching community work on September 9 and breaching supervision on September 10.

Intentional damage
Haylie Marie Anderson, 20, seasonal worker, of Benhar, was fined $300 for assault and ordered to pay $477.25 reparation for intentionally damaging a car door after an argument on December 2.

Brendan James Cruden, 29, labourer, of Dunedin, was fined $250 and ordered to pay $200 reparation for intentionally damaging a trellis archway and breaching a liquor ban in Balclutha on November 28.

Jade Allan Ferguson, 22, forest worker, was fined $250 and ordered to pay $110 reparation for intentionally damaging a car window on November 24.

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Sam Joseph Joass, 28, dairy worker, of Inch Clutha, was ordered to pay $80 reparation for smashing two canvas art pieces and a wedding photo frame during an argument with his wife on November 28.

Disorderly behaviour
Kieran Nicholas Mackenzie, 19, meatworker, and Eli David Waddingham, 20, of Kaitangata, were fined $300 each for their part in disorderly behaviour and loitering on a property on November 11. Waddingham was also convicted and discharged for possessing an offensive weapon, a tree branch, during the same incident.

Allan Michael Barnett, 18, of Kaitangata, was fined $300 and ordered to pay $559.80 reparation for disorderly behaviour and wilful damage on November 11. He was discharged without conviction for threatening behaviour during the same incident.

Zachary James Ritchie, 22, dairy worker, of Tuapeka Mouth, was fined $250 for possessing cannabis and utensils on September 28.

Breach Steven Ian Espie, 22, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work.

Tazmin Wiremu Broughton, 21, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within nine months for breaching release conditions on September 21 and failing to report to a probation officer on October 17.

Kelvin Charles Fox, 42, of Milton, was convicted and discharged for failing to complete community work.

Shya Phillip McHardy, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon for breaching community work on October 30.

Gavin James Blackmore, 24, fisherman, was remanded to January 14 for sentence for driving carelessly in Owaka on December 4 and breaching supervision on November 22 and 29.

Andrew Blair Christie was fined $600, ordered to pay $6355.40 reparation and disqualified from driving for eight months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 486mcg at Milton on November 10. The court was told Christie crashed into a house, causing extensive damage to the property.

Ethan Stanley Frederick Millhouse, 20, fruit picker, of Lawrence, 478mcg on November 13. Sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified for nine months.

Ethan Jon Edwards, 17, student, 691mcg on November 25. Fined $700 and disqualified for eight months.

Marcella Mesquita Mapuranga, 32, was fined $1000 and disqualified for nine months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 199mg on November 16.

- The Southland Times

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