A 74-year-old drink-driver, another man convicted on his 10th drink-driving charge, and two men caught drink-driving at more than three times the legal limit, were sentenced in the Alexandra District Court last week.
Judge John Macdonald told Peter Robert Nevill, 47, farmer, of Moa Creek, that his 1496mcg breath-alcohol level, on August 7 in Omakau, was "far higher" than most readings of drink-drivers who appeared in court.
Lawyer Tim Cadogan said Nevill had realised "the booze has got him" and was committed to getting help. The judge fined Nevill $1500, disqualified him from driving for nine months, and said he believed Nevill would seek the help he needed.
William Alexander Sutherland, 65, shepherd, of Bannockburn, was sentenced to six months' supervision, three months' community detention and disqualified for nine months for driving with a breath- alcohol level of 1322mcg on June 15. The judge said Sutherland had a harmful pattern of drinking but had accepted he had a drinking problem.
Larry David James Williamson, 52, was sentenced to four months' home detention, 125 hours' community work and disqualified indefinitely for driving with a breath-alcohol level of 463mcg on June 26. It was Williamson's 10th drink-driving conviction and the judge said had Williamson not spent the past two months in jail, a jail term would have been imposed.
Barry Francis Burrows, 74, of Ranfurly, was fined $400 and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath-alcohol level of 535mcg at Ranfurly on July 20.
Daniel Ross McElhinney, 32, roofer, of Cromwell, was sentenced to 50 hours' community work and ordered to make a $250 emotional harm payment for assaulting a bar worker in Cromwell on July 12. McElhinney was asked to leave the Golden Gate Lodge on several occasions because of his intoxication and, while walking out of the bar, pushed his head into the victim.
Glen Andrew Gauldie, 41, of Bannockburn, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for threatening behaviour and breaching release conditions on July 12. Gauldie became upset with a counsellor during a violence prevention course.
Shane William Moore, 19, hammer hand, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work for trespassing, resisting arrest and intimidation on August 17. Police were called to a party after several intoxicated teenagers were fighting. Moore was arrested after he refused to leave the premises and became abusive to police.
Deborah Cecilia Waharoa Morrison, 56, of Cromwell, was fined $800 for dishonestly using a chequebook on May 7 and entering a building with the intent to commit a crime on May 3.
Morrison stole her former son- in-law's chequebook and wrote a $3500 cheque to herself, signed it and had the money deposited into her bank account.
Morrison had said the offending occurred after she became concerned about her daughter's finances. The money was repaid.
Daniel Trevor Nelson, 17, was ordered to come up if called upon within nine months and to pay $1576.44 reparation on a representative charge of intentional damage on October 27.
Nelson, and a group of unknown associates, spraypainted graffiti on several cars, fences and house walls in Clyde.
Marianne Tessa Paul, 39, shed hand, was remanded until October 16 for sentencing for driving while forbidden and providing false details on July 30. Paul had provided her sister's details to police because she did not want the car she was driving to be impounded.
However, the car was impounded anyway because her sister was also disqualified from driving.
Tupara Henry Kingi, 49, shed hand, of Geraldine, was sentenced to 200 hours' community work for driving while disqualified on September 26 at Ashburton.
Samuel John O'Callaghan, 20, builder, of Cromwell, was fined $250 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving with excessive speed on August 21.
Alana Charmaine Makowharemahihi, 46, of Cromwell, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and disqualified for nine months for driving while disqualified on June 21.
Olga Merewhati Kuti, 43, of Ranfurly, was remanded until September 12 for sentencing for driving with a breath-alcohol level of 511mcg on July 24.
Ocia Maramapai Rochelle Te Rangi, 25, was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood-alcohol level of 115mg on June 29. Lawyer Justine Baird said Te Rangi had "reasonably blindly" agreed to a blood test after the police breath- tester was momentarily not working when she was pulled over.
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