'Bad time' so cheques bounced

Last updated 08:00 18/02/2013

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A 33-year-old woman who presented numerous dishonoured cheques across Southland told police it was a bad time of year and she had written the cheques knowing she had no money in her account.

Vanessa Louise Gerken, of Winton, appeared before Judge Michael Turner in the Invercargill District Court last week and admitted 17 charges of dishonestly using a document with intent to obtain property between January 31 and June 21 last year.

She was remanded on bail to April 9 for sentence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Grant Gerken said police received a complaint regarding dishonoured cheques and identified ten victims with 17 cheques that had not been honoured, he said.

When interviewed by police, Gerken said it was a bad time of year and she had written the cheques knowing she had no money in her account to honour them, he said.

Police gave her a month to repay the 10 victims and she agreed but as of December 11 she had not repaid any money to the victims or contacted police to explain why she had not, Mr Gerken said.

Intentional damage

Christopher Herbert Ernest Illingworth, 23, boner, of Gorge Rd, was fined $200 for intentionally damaging a vehicle on January 8.

Assault

Chanaka Sandamal Serasinghe Pathiranage, 26, was remanded in custody to March 5 for sentence for two charges of assaulting a female, threatening to do grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon, namely a knife, in circumstances that showed an intention to use it to commit an offence involving bodily injury on January 30 and 31.

Blake Matthew Edwards, 28, of Edendale, was remanded on bail to March 20 for sentence for two charges of injuring with intent to injure at Edendale on December 22.

Danielle Lee Pou, 18, was sentenced to 75 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for six months for assault on September 25 and driving dangerously on September 30. She was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within nine months for assault on November 14.

Threatening behaviour

Hunter Roger Chisholm, 40, electrician, of Tuatapere, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for threatening to injure a person knowing his conduct was likely to intimidate on January 27.

Breach

Manual Chae Junior Haami, 23, meatworker, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work for breaching community work on December 15.

Cory Anthony Fisher was sentenced to 50 hours' community work for breaching community work on December 22.

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A 37-year-old man, who has final name suppression, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work for breaching a protection order on January 26.

Mark Ian McLean, 26, was remanded on bail to June 11 for compliance for breaching community work on January 9.

Whetu Taylor, 28, dairy worker, was remanded on bail to April 12 for sentence for breaching release conditions on January 23 and 28 and driving with a breath alcohol level of 601mcg on January 27.

Tumai Rohe Taikawa Peni-Amine Kaahu Karetai, 25, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work for breaching community work on October 9.

Theft

Kenneth Albert John McCallum, 21, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and ordered to pay $20 reparation for stealing a cellphone valued at $200 on January 18.

Driving

Shanon Robert Kergozou De La Boessiere, 17, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for eight months for driving with a sustained loss of traction on December 9 and February 6.

Stefan Rewiti Kupe was remanded on bail to April 9 for sentence for driving while disqualified.

Alice Frances Caig, 24, of Winton, was remanded on bail to April 9 for sentence for driving while disqualified at Winton on December 18 and breaching community work on November 1.

Erin Jane McMurdo, 23, was sentenced to complete three months' home detention, disqualified for one year and one month and an order was made to confiscate her vehicle for breaching community work on November 30 and January 16 and driving while disqualified on October 31.

Drink-driving

Renata Rhodes Moeke, 20, meatworker, was remanded on bail to April 12 for sentence for driving with a breath alcohol level of 720mcg on January 13.

- The Southland Times

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