'Model citizen' told to rein in drinking
A man who had been described as a model citizen was jailed yesterday on several charges including assault.
Damian Charles Gutteridge, 26, appeared before Judge Brian Callaghan in the Invercargill District Court for threatening to kill, assault and twice breaching a protection order on June 23 and careless driving on March 24.
He was sentenced to 10 months' jail and disqualified from driving for three months.
The court was told Gutteridge came home at 6am after drinking and started yelling obscenities and hitting the mother of his child on the legs.
Defence lawyer John Fraser said Gutteridge was a model citizen if it was not for the "demon drink".
He had the day-to-day care of his young daughter, and the woman he assaulted was in court to support him, he said. Gutteridge also had little recollection of the incident, the court was told.
Judge Callaghan said it was no surprise that if Gutteridge continued to drink he would continue to be violent and a risk to the community generally. It was time Gutteridge took responsiblity for his drinking, the judge said.
Shannon James Cochrane Stockdale, 36, was remanded to October 4 for assault on June 8, assault with a weapon on June 9 and breaching a protection order on July 23.
Richard Robert Moore, 59, was sentenced to six months' supervision for assault on July 12.
Joel Blair Lines-Houliston, 21, was sentenced to 21 days' community detention for breaching community work on May 25.
Kanyn Peter Eastley-Rautahi, 20, was fined $250 and ordered to pay $109.99 reparation for stealing a pair of jeans from a Farmers department store on June 15.
Selwyn Herewini Waimoana, 38, was remanded to October 1 for sentence for intentionally damaging a police cell door on July 30.
Van Beuzekom, 20, was remanded to August 22 for stealing scrap metal in Mataura on July 22.
Logan Kenneth Hunter, 17, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on May 31.
Jason Daryl Aicken, truck driver, was fined $300 and disqualified for one month for not taking a mandatory 10-hour rest break in February.
Nathan Phillip Dickens, 19, lineman, of Winton, was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for sustained loss of traction on August 1.
Shaun Logan Orchard, 17, farm worker, of Lumsden, was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for driving while disqualified on August 1.
Ben Macgregor Ballantyne, 24, green-keeper assistant, was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on August 3.
Mark Richard Jones, 25, labourer, was sentenced to 50 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for sustained loss of traction at Sandy Pt on August 10.
Kenneth John Kennedy, 53, was sentenced to two months' community detention, six months' supervision and disqualified for 12 months and one day for driving with a breath alcohol level of 441mcg on May 18 and convicted and discharged for driving while forbidden the same day.
Rapata Paku Richard Manuel, 25, 946mcg and driving while disqualified on July 28. Sentenced to 180 hours' community work and six months' supervision and disqualified for nine months.
Tynan Phillip Brown, 19, sawmiller, of Tuatapere, 852mcg and driving while disqualified on August 9. Remanded to October 1 for sentence.
Kriston William Morrison, 34, was fined $900 and disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day for driving with a breath alcohol level of 581mcg on August 3.
Luke Patrick Howard, 26, engineer, of Melbourne, 596cg on August 16. Fined $550 and disqualified for six months.
The Southland Times