A Bluff fisherman who was removed from a flight destined for Invercargill made homophobic and racist remarks to crew members.
Jeff Silvester, 50, appeared before Judge John Macdonald in the Invercargill District Court last week charged with behaving in a disorderly manner towards a crew member on a plane in December 2011, and possessing an offensive weapon, namely a knife, and threatening on February 5.
He was sentenced to six months' supervision and fined $750.
The court was told Silvester had boarded a flight destined for Invercargill on December 31, 2011, but was asked to leave when the flight crew noticed he had been drinking.
Another crew member was verbally abused by Silvester as he was taken off the flight and the abuse continued inside the airport, the court was told.
Silvester's lawyer Katy Barker said he suffered a head injury in 2003 and had problems with anger and depression since.
The court was also told Silvester had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and depression and was on medication.
Lawyer Riki Donnelly, who appeared for the director of the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, said the fact Silvester had been drinking was not an excuse for his behaviour.
Judge Macdonald said Silvester's sustained outburst, which included racist and homophobic remarks, was disgraceful and uncalled for.
The court was also told that Silvester had been drinking when he damaged property after an argument on February 5.
Misleading Social Welfare
Kylie Jane Reidie was sentenced to 120 hours' community work for misleading a Social Welfare officer, which resulted in an overpayment of a benefit by more than $3000.
Brendon Paul Wilson, 19, casual dairy worker, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work for possession of a cannabis pipe and drugs on January 31.
Jimmy James Day, 17, was convicted and remanded to reappear on April 23 for assaulting a police officer on December 26 and December 28 last year.
Reagan Jade Turner, 28, was sentenced to nine months' supervision and ordered to pay $500 emotional harm reparation for assaulting a female on January 27.
Peter James Emtage, 45, of Ohai, was sentenced to 200 hours' community work for assaulting a man with a shovel at Ohai on October 1, 2011.
Jesse Cherri, 24, was sentenced to 14 days' jail for intentionally damaging fixtures inside a prison cell on February 16.
Kurt Nicholas Sutherland, 23, builder, of Nightcaps, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work, six months' supervision and ordered to pay $3958.11 reparation for four charges of intentionally damaging windows at Winton on November 9.
Hannan Andrew Hollis, 17, was remanded to April 16 for sentence for stealing a vehicle on or about January 27, stealing a wallet and its contents on January 29, intentionally damaging property on December 23 last year and intentionally damaging a vehicle on January 29.
Nicole Olivia Joy Davidson was remanded to April 16 for sentence for stealing a vehicle on January 27 and arson of a car on January 29.
George Teaupouri Whakaari was sentenced to 50 hours' community work for shoplifting items worth $64.99 from The Warehouse. He was also ordered to pay reparation.
Daniel George Graham Kelly was convicted and remanded to reappear on April 23 for breaching community work.
David Roy Wane was convicted and remanded to reappear on April 23 for breaching community work on December 22.
Thomas Derek Woolley, of Lake Hawea, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on October 26.
Dayne Kahu Matthews, 19, of Bluff, was convicted and discharged for breaching parole on February 15.
Adam Lindsay Hunter was sentenced to six weeks' jail for breaching community work.
Nikora John Schultz, 20, was sentenced to 50 hours' community work for breaching supervision on January 28 and breaching community work on January 24.
Glenn Donald Taylor, 19, shepherd, of Mid Dome, was fined $250 and disqualified for three months for driving with a breath-alcohol level of 208mcg (under 20) on February 9.
Kirk Te Moana Lawrence, 38, 531mcg on February 17. Fined $600 and disqualified for six months.
Brandon John Forde, 21, plumber, 712mcg on February 17. Fined $750, and disqualified for six months.
Rory John King, 24, 755mcg on February 17. Fined $750 and disqualified for six months.
William Conrad Kingi, 38, farm hand, 766mcg on February 18. Fined $750 and disqualified for six months.
Thomas Morton Murray, 18, 459mcg on February 15. Fined $450 and disqualified for six months.
Megan Cherie Williams, cleaner, 546mcg on February 15. Sentenced to 50 hours' community work, disqualified for six months.
Kelly Louise Eastwood, 22, shed hand, was fined $250, sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for 15 months for driving while disqualified and making a false statement on October 28 last year.
Matthew Tira Kereama Wilson, 20, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified for three months for careless driving and driving with a breath alcohol level of 576mcg on December 15.
- The Southland Times