Man spent partner's savings on gambling

Last updated 08:00 21/02/2013

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An Invercargill man stole more than $9000 from his partner to support his gambling addiction, the Invercargill District Court was told this week.

Timothy William Twyford, 43, appeared before Judge John Macdonald after admitting 59 charges of obtaining money by deception, totalling $9313.20, between September 5, 2011, and October 29 last year.

He was sentenced to 200 hours' community work, six months' supervision and ordered to pay $9313.20 reparation.

Lawyer Hannah Cuthill said Twyford and his partner planned to save money after deciding to move in together.

Twyford's partner would take money out of her account and he would deposit it into a joint savings account. He intended depositing the money but succumbed to his gambling addiction and spent all of it on pokie machines, Ms Cuthill said.

He was remorseful for his offending, she said.

Judge Macdonald said the relationship between the pair continued and she had not wanted him to be prosecuted.

Assault

Ricky Phillip Kane, 31, dairy worker, of Longridge, was remanded on bail to April 16 for sentence for assaulting a female, three charges of assault, threatening to kill, intentionally damaging a deer fence and driving with a breath alcohol level of 828mcg at Riverton on December 25 and 26.

Burglary

Alexander David Jarman, 24, was sentenced to two years and three months' jail on eight charges of burglary, unlawfully interfering with a vehicle and stealing a car stereo and amplifier between October 27 and November 27.

Drugs

John Desmond Marnane, 36, was fined $800 for possessing LSD and ecstasy on February 5.

Earl William Te Huia, 42, was remanded on bail to April 13 for sentence for possessing, cultivating and conspiring to sell cannabis and selling cannabis to people over the age of 18 between November 1, 2010, and December 11, 2012.

Intentional damage

Brooke Katie Chalmers, 27, was sentenced to six months' supervision, fined $700, ordered to pay $736.59 reparation and disqualified from driving for eight months for intentionally damaging a windscreen wiper and driving with a breath alcohol level of 908mcg on December 20. The court was told she ripped the wiper off a vehicle after the driver took her park.

Breach

Kegan Roy Folster, 18, of Wyndham, was remanded on bail to February 26 after he admitted breaching supervision on December 24.

David Thomas Kerry Bowman, 21, was remanded on bail to April 16 for sentence for breaching community detention on January 12, 13, 14 and 15.

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Nana Marama Corrine Rautahi, 26, was remanded on bail to March 19 for compliance for breaching community work on January 22.

Jacob William Staite, 19, was convicted and discharged for breaching supervision on January 31.

Amanda Michelle McDowell, 23, was sentenced to four months' community detention for breaching community work on October 26, November 9 and January 18.

Driving

Regan Joel Blanch, 20, concrete worker, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for six months for driving while disqualified on February 14.

Shantelle Sharee McNally, 26, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on February 13.

Selwyn Herewini Wamoana, 37, was fined $750 and disqualified for eight months for driving while forbidden and refusing to supply a blood specimen on February 1.

Eric Raymond Young, 59, was fined $1000, ordered to pay $494.50 reparation and $2000 emotional harm reparation and disqualified for 12 months for driving carelessly causing injury and unlawfully possessing a pistol on September 19.

Drink-driving

Matthew Graham Cadigan was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 550mcg at Dunedin on December 7.

Alex Keith Ritchie, 19, fitter, of Wallacetown, 170mcg (under 20) on February 17. Fined $200 and disqualified for three months.

Dale Tama Watene, 32, truck driver, of Otautau, 851mcg on February 17. Fined $850 and disqualified for six months.

Jason Terence Leonard, 30, sales representative, of Wallacetown, was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 111mg on December 19.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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