A man who smashed two shop windows in Alexandra last month was jailed after swearing at Judge Michael Crosbie in the Alexandra District Court last week.
Gregory Daniel Hina, 25, shearer, pleaded guilty to two intentional damage charges after breaking windows at Central Otago Sports and Colour Plus on August 24.
Duty solicitor Keiran Tohill said Hina was angry because his partner had just lost their pay packet on the pokies at the Criterion Hotel and had not wanted to leave the hotel earlier, even though they had an early start the next morning.
"He retaliated against an inanimate object rather than anybody else" Mr Tohill said.
Judge Crosbie asked Hina what effect his actions had on other people and stood him down in custody to think about it when no reply was forthcoming. Hina used offensive language at the judge, who then charged him with contempt of court.
On his return an hour an a half later, Hina apologised, but this was not accepted by the judge.
"Had I detected some remorse in your apology, I may have dealt differently but, in my endeavouring to treat you with respect, you hurled abuse at me." Judge Crosbie said.
Hina was sentenced to 200 hours' community work for the intentional damage, and 28 days' jail for contempt of court.
The offensive language used was suppressed by the judge.
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