Drug user back on the right track, court told

20:00, Sep 18 2013

A man who had "issues" with cannabis and K2 had turned his life around and was on the right track, the Balclutha District Court was told this week.

Adam Shane Gallagher, 20, dairy farmer, appeared before Judge Stephen Coyle yesterday and was sentenced to 150 hours' community work and 12 months' judicial supervision for an assault on May 2.

Judge Coyle said Gallagher had issues with cannabis and K2 but statements from family and church associates suggested he had turned his life around.

"You are unusual from others who appear here.

"Know that you are on the right track, put your head down from what you have done but put your head up by what you have achieved," he said.



Darren Oxley, of Greenfield, was fined $400 for assault on September 8


Caleb Jamie Merrett was re- sentenced to 72 hours' community work after breaching community work on July 27

Attempting to defeat course of justice

Aydan Kurt Lowery-Edwards, 21, unemployed, was sentenced to 70 hours' community work for wilfully attempting to defeat the course of justice by naming himself as the driver in an offence when he had knowledge of the actual driver. The court was told he had asked his younger brother to drive him to the hotel for more alcohol and then accepted the blame for a loss of traction driving incident.

Wilful damage

Jamie Daniel Burgess, digger driver, of Cromwell, was fined $200 for stealing a footpath sign on June 22, and fined $300 for wilfully damaging a vehicle on May 11.


Allan James Lyall, 60, farmer, of Kaka Point, was fined $400 for careless driving on August 10.

Corey David James, 17, was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving carelessly causing injury.

Tinita Kirsha Lee Karauria, 22, of Kaitangata, was fined $80 for driving while forbidden on August 2.

Quinten James Tamis, 18, dairy farmer, was sentenced to a total of 150 hours' community work for driving while disqualified on March 20 and theft on February 18.


Karla Maree Dowdall, 41, dairy worker, of Hillend, was fined $1500 and disqualified for 11 months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 1131mcg and failing to stop.

The court was told Dowdall had hit other cars while leaving a supermarket car park and did not stop to check for injury.

"That you were able to get to the supermarket is mind- blowing. Why you were shopping defies belief," Judge Coyle said.

Cohen Kotuku Tuhou, 19, meatworker, 976mcg, failing to stop and driving dangerously on July 5. Sentenced to 150 hours' community work, fined $150 and disqualified for six months. He was also fined $200 for earlier breaching the liquor ban.

Jon William Adam Thomas, 18, student, of Otanomomo, 1022mcg on August 17. Fined $1000 and disqualified for 10 months.

Paula Louise Bray, 47, farmer, of Conical Hill, 645mcg at Clinton on September 6. Fined $600 and disqualified for six months.

Jeffrey Eric Bisset, 50, plant operator, 644mcg on August 18. Fined $800 and disqualified for one year and one day.

Ethan Jon Edwards, 18, 809mcg on September 8. Sentenced to 200 hours' community work and disqualified for 12 months and authorised to apply for a three-year zero-alcohol licence.

Samuel James Milford, 25, 441mcg on August 31. Fined $400 and disqualified for eight months.

The Southland Times