Fire prank ends in work sentence

Last updated 07:52 22/01/2013

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A man who set fire to a wheelie bin "for a laugh" and because he was bored was sentenced last week in the Invercargill District Court.

Nathan Alan McMurdo, 21, appeared before Judge Michael Turner for arson on October 17.

He was sentenced to 200 hours' community work, nine months' supervision and ordered to pay $46.50 reparation.

Judge Turner said McMurdo and a friend spotted wheelie bins on a street and his friend told him to start a fire for a laugh.

McMurdo opened one of the bins and attempted to set fire to it three times until he succeeded. The pair hid nearby to watch when it started burning, Judge Turner said.

When McMurdo was found by police he had admitted lighting the fire and said he was bored.

Lawyer Hannah Cuthill said the offending was at the lower end of the scale.

Assault

Samuel Lance Peters, 21, was sentenced to three months' jail for assaulting a female, common assault, resisting police and assault with intent to avoid arrest on October 14 and two offences of assaulting a female on December 5. The court was told he assaulted his sister on two occasions. When he was being arrested he became aggressive, tried to run away, struggled violently and hit one of the officers in the arm. Another officer suffered a sprained thumb.

Otene John Valentine Abraham, 25, was remanded on bail to March 5 for sentence for assault with intent to injure on November 28. The court was told he headbutted a man, causing a broken nose.

Benefit fraud

Hinewai Gene Holmes, 56, of Ohai, was sentenced to three months' community detention and 100 hours' community work for obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception by omitting to disclose she was employed between June 12, 2008, and June 2, 2011.

Burglary

Zachary Dean Soper, 18, of Otautau, was remanded on bail to March 5 for sentence for burglary and receiving an Apple iPad valued at $700 knowing it was stolen, at Otautau on November 26.

Intentional damage

Ricki Mark Wilton, 21, of Eastern Bush, was fined $250 for intentionally damaging a television at Queenstown on December 31.

Driving

Shane Michael Adam, 25, was fined $300 and disqualified from driving for eight months for driving while suspended on November 29.

Denyse Anne Oosterbroek, 23, was remanded on bail to March 5 for sentence for driving while disqualified on November 21.

Misty Rose Taylor, 27, was remanded on bail to March 12 for sentence for driving while suspended and giving false details on November 27.

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Zainal Zenon Ali, 20, was fined $200 and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on December 14.

Drink-driving

Andrew John Price, 19, was fined $900, sentenced to nine months' supervision, disqualified from driving for eight months and authorised to apply for a zero-alcohol licence for three years for driving with a breath alcohol level of 507mcg on November 9.

Angel Paulette Henry, 22, of Otautau, 542mcg at Otautau on December 7. Sentenced to 40 hours' community work and disqualified for six months.

Upokoina Vainerere, 51, meatworker, was fined $650 and disqualified for eight months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 94mg on November 18.

- The Southland Times

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