'Drunk idiot' gets community work sentence

A 23-year-old man became violent after trying to dance with a woman who told him to go away, the Invercargill District Court was told last week.

Anthony Allister Buchanan, forest worker, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips yesterday and admitted behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence on May 25.

Police prosecutor Marcus McMahon said Buchanan was heavily intoxicated at the Barluca nightclub early on May 25.

He tried to dance with a girl but she told him to go away. After that, he started arguing with the woman's friend, and it escalated into a fight.

Buchanan was arrested and admitted fighting and being the cause of the fight.

Judge Phillips said the woman had to deal with a "drunk idiot", and sentenced him to 100 hours' community work.


Zane Bryson Horne, 19, was sentenced to seven months' jail for assaulting a female and breaching a protection order on May 4, unlawfully taking a BMX bike on February 15 and breaching community work on March 13, 15 and 20.


Brendon Lee Duthie was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and ordered to pay $169 reparation for stealing a scooter valued at $169 on December 28 and failing to answer District Court bail.

Threatening behaviour

Ricky Matthew Holland, 32, engineer, was sentenced to six months' home detention, 150 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for 15 months for behaving in a threatening manner and breaching a protection order on April 20 and driving with a breath alcohol level of 601mcg on March 1.


Gerard James Vincent, 46, was sentenced to 70 hours' community work for possessing cannabis on April 10. The court was told he used cannabis to relieve his pain from arthritis.


Floyd Rueban Pipson, 17, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work for breaching community work on April 6 and 27.

Rewi Taiki Karetai, 20, was sentenced to four months' community detention and disqualified for eight months for driving while disqualified on April 17 and breaching community work.


Damian Christian Tainui Angus Thompson, 20, was sentenced to four months' home detention, 100 hours' community work and disqualified for one year and one month for driving while disqualified on March 26.


Stacey Elizabeth Kerr, 24, was remanded on bail to June 28 for sentence for driving with a breath-alcohol level of 671mcg on April 28. The court was told Kerr crashed into a parked trailer.

Benjamin Adolf Hardegger, 23, farm worker, of Centre Hill, 560mcg at Lumsden on May 19. Fined $550 and disqualified for six months.

The Southland Times