Teen held partner over rail 'to fighten her'

Last updated 05:00 17/01/2013

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An 18-year-old Gore youth who grabbed his girlfriend by the neck and held her over the railing of a bridge said he did it to frighten her.

Jade Maniapoto, 18, appeared before Judge Michael Turner in the Gore District Court yesterday charged with assault with intent to injure, threatening to kill and assaulting a female on November 10.

He was remanded on bail to March 6 for sentence.

Prosecutor Penny Stratford said Maniapoto and his girlfriend, 17, were arguing when he grabbed her by the neck and forced her towards the rail of a bridge. She screamed as he bent her forwards over the railing.

An associate pulled Maniapoto away but he ran towards the young woman and punched her several times in the back of the head before he was pulled away, Ms Stratford said.

The victim hid in a bush but Maniapoto found her and tried to drag her out by her hair. She climbed out and the pair continued to argue. He threw her to the ground, kicked her in the shin and, as she was getting on to her hands and knees, he kicked her once in the head, Ms Stratford said.

When police arrived Maniapoto told his girlfriend to be quiet so he did not get into trouble.

Maniapoto told police he held the victim over the railing to frighten her and had only punched her once in the head. He said he threw her to the ground and kicked her because she was "being smart", Ms Stratford said.

The victim suffered bruising and a lump on the back of her head but did not require hospital attention.

Assault

- Jesse Te Hau Kahuroa, 17, was remanded on bail to March 27 for sentence on charges of assault using a knife as a weapon, possessing an offensive weapon in public and intentionally damaging a vehicle, on November 3, and assaulting police, intentionally damaging a fence and possessing an offensive weapon (a knife) in a public place on November 26.

The court was told Kahuroa was holding a large knife when he grabbed a man by his collar. Kahuroa shoved the man in the shoulder and kicked his car.

Later in the month Kahuroa damaged a fence and, when spoken to by police, a knife was found in his right sock. While at the police station he became verbally aggressive towards police and punched an officer on the left side of his face, the court was told.

- Hayden Jacob Thornton, 19, was remanded on bail to April 17 for sentence for assault with intent to injure on October 27.

- Damian Ian Cameron, 21, was sentenced to 250 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for assault on December 8.

- Hemi Conan Turipa, 17, a meat worker, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work for assault and being found unlawfully in an enclosed yard on November 30.

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Theft

- Nicholas Robert Grierson, 27, of Mataura, was sentenced to three months' community detention and 100 hours' community work for stealing an engine and differential valued at $150 and unlawfully taking a vehicle on April 26, receiving a hot water cylinder knowing it was stolen on August 20, failing to answer district bail and breaching community work.

- Eli Samuel Vincent, 19, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work for stealing a bottle of Smirnof Vodka valued at $189 on January 8.

Burglary

- Levi Kopahi Matika-Marsh, 19, was remanded on bail to March 27 for sentence for burglary, unlawfully getting into a vehicle and unlawfully taking a vehicle between November 24 and 25.

- Anton Joseph Valli, 17, of Mataura, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within nine months and ordered to pay $12.50 reparation for burglary at Mataura on November 12 and stealing sandwiches and a packet of Pods valued at $12.50 from a Night 'n Day store at Dunedin on August 29.

Intentional damage

- Alexander William Rance, 17, farm worker, was remanded on bail to March 27 for sentence on seven charges of intentionally damaging property including 22 road signs, a mailbox and a bus shelter at Wyndham between November 3 and December 5.

- Clayton Tamakehu, 25, of Tapanui, was fined $250 for intentionally damaging a window at Tapanui on December 22.

Breach

- Hori Franklin Mihaere, 27, was remanded on bail to March 27 for sentence for breaching community detention on five occasions - November 8, 15 and 18, December 15 and January 1.

- Hayley Maree Turnbull, 27, was remanded on bail to April 17 for sentence for breaching community work on October 18.

- Mathew James Karetai, 33, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon for breaching community detention on December 9.

- Jordan Michael White was convicted and discharged for breaching supervision in December.

Driving

- Jason Campbell Harpur, 31, was remanded on bail to May 8 for sentence for driving recklessly on November 3 and being found unlawfully in a building and for assault at Mataura on November 15.

- Jason Richard Youngman, 26, of Waimumu, was remanded on bail to April 17 for sentence for driving while disqualified on November 12, drink-driving on December 19, driving while forbidden on January 1 and breaching community work on November 1.

- Rod Vincent Callelero Gamutan, 28, farmer, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for driving contrary to a limited licence on December 21.

- Hayley Anne Blair, 19, was sentenced to 120 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on January 5.

- Stefon Leaf Mann, 22, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on January 5.

- Timothy Bruce Blakely, 34, driver, was remanded on bail to April 17 for sentence for driving dangerously, drink-driving and failing to stop for police at Waikaia on December 31.

Drink-driving

Matiu Taipu Walker, 43, gardener, of Mataura, was remanded in custody till February 13 for sentence for drink-driving on December 6.

The court was told he committed the offence while on bail awaiting sentence for another charge of drink-driving.

Raun James Blair, 29, forestry worker, drink-driving on November 8. Remanded on bail to March 6 for sentence.

Alex Francis Gutschlag, 39, engineer, drink-driving at Mandeville on December 16. Sentenced to 350 hours' community work and disqualified for 18 months.

Zachary John Shanks, 18, meat worker, drink-driving (under 20) on December 27. Sentenced to 60 hours' community work and disqualified for three months.

Nicholas Allen Mainland, 19, driver, of Wendonside, drink-driving (under 20) on January 4. Fined $200 and disqualified for three months.

Alex William Latty, 21, labourer, drink-driving on January 4. Sentenced to 150 hours' community work, disqualified for seven months and authorised to apply for a zero-alcohol licence.

- The Southland Times

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