Motorist remorseful after hitting pedestrian

Last updated 05:00 28/09/2013

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A 52-year-old man hit a woman and child with his vehicle after he was distracted by inoperative turning arrows, the Invercargill District Court has been told.

Damian Anthony Moore appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips in the Invercargill District Court yesterday for driving carelessly causing injury on September 5.

He was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for six months.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Glen McMurdo said Moore was stopped at a traffic light on the intersection of Dee and Gala streets to turn left. While turning, he hit a pedestrian who was pushing a child in a pram and both were knocked over.

The woman suffered minor bruising while the child was unharmed, he said.

Lawyer Rachael Adams said when Moore was turning, he was distracted by the fact the turning arrows were not working and was keeping an eye out for traffic. He did not see the pedestrian.

He was remorseful and had stopped and helped the woman, she said.

Judge Phillips said the woman was clearly visible and it was lucky neither she nor child was seriously injured.

Firearm

Mitchell Thomas McGregor Carston, 17, was sentenced to 50 hours' community work for possessing a firearm without a licence on September 13.

Hunting without authority

Carl John Arnoldus Watters, 25, farm hand, of Taringatura, was remanded on bail to November 5 for sentence for hunting wild animals, namely pigs, on land without authority from the land owner, wilfully trespassing, possessing a firearm after his licence had been revoked, possessing cannabis leaf and a pipe for smoking cannabis and receiving a Honda quad bike knowing it was stolen. All offending occurred at Otautau between March 13 and August 13.

Insulting language

Shaun Keith Mackie, 28, meatworker, was fined $500 for using insulting language in a public place on September 23. The court was told he was at the front counter at the Invercargill police station complaining about receiving a ticket and, after being told police could not assist, he yelled insulting language. He later told police he had an anger problem.

Burglary

Cory Luke Wairau, 27, of Dunedin, was remanded on bail to November 5 for sentence for burglary on August 26.

Dylan Levi Beckham, 19, machinist, was remanded on bail to November 5 for sentence for burglary on August 26.

Chancey Kahn Wairau, 25, was remanded on bail to November 5 for sentence for burglary on August 26 and driving while suspended on September 4.

Receiving

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Cameron Peter Ruston-Hayes, 17, was remanded on bail to November 8 for sentence for recieving a car battery and leads valued at $80 knowing they were stolen, between August 8 and 10, and driving while suspended on August 7.

Breach

Cory James Meikle was sentenced to 21 days' jail for breaching community work.

Reagan Jade Turner, 29, was convicted and discharged for breaching supervision on April 24 and May 29.

Driving

Tony Douglas Murray was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving while his licence was suspended on August 30.

Jared Bruce Hammond, 26, of Tuatapere, was fined $1200, ordered to pay $237.50 reparation and disqualified for 10 months for driving carelessly causing injury at Tuatapere on August 3.

Jason Ross Voight, 20, of Dunedin, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified for 12 months for driving recklessly at Edendale on August 25.

Isaac James Maw, 23, was remanded on bail to November 8 for sentence for driving with a sustained loss of traction and with a blood alcohol level of 105mg at Christchurch on August 2 and driving while suspended.

Drink-driving

Casey James Lawson, 20, farm hand, was remanded on bail to November 8 for sentence for driving with a breath alcohol level of 1172mcg on September 16. The court was told Lawson told police he drove because he trusted himself more behind the wheel than his passengers.

Megan Kay Shirley, 36, of Lumsden, 712mcg at Lumsden on September 13. Fined $700 and disqualified for six months.

Bradley James Dixon, 35, 644mcg at Bluff on August 28. Sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified for 10 months.

Joshua Sinclair Hair, 23, fisherman, of Bluff, 653mcg on September 21. Sentenced to 65 hours' community work and disqualified for six months.

Shane Robert George Murch, 23, 505mcg on September 8. Sentenced to 50 hours' community work and disqualified for six months.

Jade Cooper Mackenzie, 19, meatworker, 951mcg on August 18. Sentenced to four months' community detention, 100 hours' community work, disqualified for 12 months and authorised to apply for a three-year zero-alcohol licence.

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