Man said he wanted to be woman's friend

Last updated 16:10 09/02/2013

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A 35-year-old Invercargill man yesterday admitted intimidation charges after he followed a woman several times, because he wanted to be her friend.

Kevin James Young appeared before Judge Michael Turner in the Invercargill District Court this month on two charges of behaving in a disorderly manner, two charges of following a person and three of loitering near that person.

The offences happened between December 1 and January 24. He was convicted and discharged on the disorderly charges and remanded in custody to April 5 for sentence on the others.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said Young had been sitting next to the woman, who he did not know, at the Invercargill Public Library while she was browsing Facebook.

On five later occasions when Young spotted her he would either yell out her name or follow her, he said. Once he had approached her and asked her to go with him. He had tried to guide her into an alleyway and asked her to join him for a cigarette but she walked away, he said.

On another occasion Young followed her for about 20 minutes before she ran and hid.

When spoken to by police Young denied following her and said he just wanted to be her friend.

On December 23 he yelled and swore at customers, including young children, at Countdown and told police he did it because he was being picked on, Mr Mills said.

On January 24 he was observed yelling obscenities as people drove past and at people on the footpath. He told police he yelled at vehicles because they were going too fast.

Assault

Hilton James Michael Ashbrook, 22, was sentenced to 50 hours community work and ordered to pay $200 emotional harm reparation for assault on January 27.

Receiving

Lana Hineauri Smith, 30, was sentenced to 50 hours community work and ordered to pay reparation for receiving two rugs valued at $398 knowing they were stolen on December 24.

Theft

Elizabeth Anne Bambery, 44, was sentenced to 60 hours community work and ordered to pay $300.86 reparation and emotional harm reparation for stealing $118.86 worth of petrol from Northern Auto Services on January 18 and stealing $92.62 of petrol from BP 2 Go at Mosgiel on January 12.

Offensive weapon

Damian Fane Mair, 26, retailer, was sentenced to 80 hours community work for possessing an offensive weapon, namely a club, in public on January 22.

Intentional damage

Stratuss-Lee Svensson, 19, was remanded on bail to March 28 for sentence for intentionally damaging a vehicle and behaving in a disorderly manner on December 28, being unlawfully in a yard and escaping police custody on January 25 and breaching community work on January 15.

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Hannan Andrew Hollis, 17, was remanded on bail to February 15 after he admitted intentionally damaging a fence on December 23.

Cannabis

Ricky Paul William Ritchie-Cleaver, 24, farmer, of South Hillend, was fined $1150 and ordered to pay $49.95 reparation for cultivating cannabis on August 17 and stealing a wireless modem valued at $360 at Motu on September 7.

Breach

Christian Bryce Fisher, 24, was fined $300 for breaching community work on December 8.

Jarku Raymond Wallace, 23, meat worker, was sentenced to 170 hours community work and disqualified from driving for six months for breaching release conditions on January 7 and 22 and driving with a breath alcohol level of 498mcg on December 22.

Driving

Tyler Mark Dawson, 19, painter, of Wallacetown, was sentenced to three months community detention, 200 hours community work, nine months supervision and disqualified for one year and three months for driving recklessly, driving while disqualified and failing to stop for police on October 27. The court was told Dawson evaded a police checkpoint and led them on a pursuit, driving at speeds of up to 179kmh. Dawson told the court he would not have offended if he was not on the synthetic cannabinoid K2.

Yvonne Joy McKenzie, 64, was remanded on bail to March 22 for sentence for driving carelessly causing injury on November 23.

Samuel Robert Bowen, 27, supervisor, was fined $1450 and disqualified for seven months for driving while forbidden and with a blood alcohol level of 204mg on December 16.

Jason Charles Adamson, 19, was sentenced to four months jail and disqualified for one year and three months for driving while disqualified on October 29.

Bonnie Ilea Fleury, 27, was sentenced to three months home detention and disqualified for one year and one month for driving while disqualified on November 5.

Drink-driving

Laresa Anne Maw, 31, was sentenced to 40 hours community work and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 1499mcg on September 29. Judge Turner said the lenient sentence reflected the steps she had taken to put her life back in order.

- The Southland Times

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