Fraudster says offending a blip

20:41, Jul 17 2013

A man who left the gang lifestyle after 20 years was sentenced to two months' home detention and 150 hours' community work for benefit fraud, when he appeared in the Queenstown District Court last week.

Steven Peter Davis, 43, appeared for sentence before Judge Michael Turner for dishonestly claiming $23,000 since 2010.

He had wilfully omitted to inform the Ministry of Social Development that he was working between September 28, 2010, and March 3, 2012, using a Work and Income review document dishonestly on April 4, 2011, and dishonestly and without claim of right using a document, namely a reapplication for temporary assistance, in November 2010, May and November 2011 and February 2012.

He submitted reapplications for temporary assistance and failed to inform the ministry when he was employed by Skyline in Queenstown in September 2010.

Judge Turner said he regarded the offending as a blip because Davis started afresh after two decades involved in gang-related activity in the North Island.

Davis was capable of being a productive member of the community and showed a desire to lead a life free from crime, he said.


Unlawfully in a building

Cameron John Allan Black, 18, labourer, was sentenced to 150 hours' community work for possessing a knife that prima facie showed an intention to use it on June 28, and was ordered to pay $80 reparation for being unlawfully in a building and receiving alcohol valued at $80 knowing it was obtained by crime between March 5 and 6.

Burglary of a ship

Joshua Black, 22, chef, and Alex Cameron Fraser, 19, kitchen hand, of Dunedin, were both remanded for sentence on August 12 for entering a ship with intent to commit crime on that ship on June 5.


Jamarl Kane Hansen, 37, builder, was fined $300 and ordered to pay $250 emotional harm for assault on July 14.

Alexander James Hibbert, 21, British national, plumber, of Fernhill, was remanded for sentence on August 12 on two charges of assault on July 14. The court was told he bit one of the victims on the arm.

Gavin Iain Foster, 27, British national, head chef, was fined $1000 including $500 emotional harm reparation for assaulting a flatmate on June 29.

Troy Lindsay Murdoch, 22, scaffolder, of Frankton, was fined $400 for assaulting his girlfriend on June 23.


James Bradley Creighton, 23, plumber, of Lake Hawea, was remanded on bail for sentence on August 12 for burglary in Albert Town on May 22, theft of a circular saw and charger, valued at $500, between January 1 and May 23, theft of synthetic cannabis on March 10, driving while suspended having been convicted at least twice, on May 28, and failing to appear in court on June 17.


Rory Paul McKay, 35, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 10 days' jail for disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence against persons to start on June 12.

Alexander David Reilly, 21, student, was fined $300 for behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence against persons to start on June 21.

Wilful damage

Jake William Nelson, 21, Australian tourist, draughtsman, was fined $300 and ordered to pay $315 reparation for wilful damage on July 13.

Eroni Raymond Hammond, 22, was remanded on bail for sentence on August 12 for wilful damage of an ice sculpture on July 2.


Daniel William Bicknell, 32, plasterer, was fined $350 for resisting police on June 1.


Benjamin Levi Davies, 25, chef, was sentenced to 50 hours' community work for being in a building without reasonable excuse on June 22.


Adrienne Jane Langford, 27, nurse, of Frankton, was fined $900 and disqualified from driving for eight months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 903mcg on June 29.

Luke Anthony Wilson, 28, chef, 841mcg on June 29. Fined $840 and disqualified for seven months.

Cedric Pierre Abbadini, 25, food industry worker, 597mcg on July 4. Fined $500 and disqualified for six months.

Tshana Lee Randell, 26, tour bus driver, of Wanaka, 476mcg on July 5. Fined $420 and disqualified for six months.

Justine Elise Budd, 18, apprentice, 629mcg on June 22. Sentenced to 60 hours' community work, disqualified for six months and ordered to apply for a zero-alcohol licence.

The Southland Times