A Fernhill labourer who seriously injured a patron in an assault in a Queenstown club was this week remanded for sentence.
Samuel James Corson, 21, was convicted and remanded on bail when he appeared before Judge Michael Turner in the Queenstown District Court for injuring with reckless disregard for the safety of others on July 14.
The judge called for a pre- sentence report to include home detention as an option but said this was no indication of the outcome.
"Jail is the starting point; it's for the judge on the day to determine if it's also an end point," he said.
The court was told Corson twice punched the victim, who did not know Corson, on the dance floor of SkyBar, possibly after mistaking him for someone involved in a fight earlier that night.
The victim suffered multiple fractures, including a broken eye socket, a broken nose and collapsed sinus, and needed surgery to insert three metal plates in his face.
Lawyer Mike Newell said while the injuries were serious, there was no weapon and his client was remorseful.
His client was of previous good character, was fully co- operative and had reparation of $5000 available.
An electronically monitored sentence was an option for the court, he said.
Corson was remanded on bail for sentence on November 18.
Assault with a weapon
Chloe Joy Hogg, 21, of Fernhill, was sentenced to 10 weeks' community detention, 80 hours' community work and nine months' supervision when she appeared for sentence for assault with a weapon on June 21. The court was told she threw a bottle, hitting the victim in the head, then threw a burning candle causing hot wax to spill on his face and clothing. "This was an unprovoked assault and you are fortunate that no injury was sustained," Judge Turner said.
Jemmah Lizanne Shelling, 22, of Fernhill, was sentenced to six months' supervision and ordered to pay $600 emotional harm reparation for three counts of assault, July 6. She assaulted two men in a bar and a third outside the premises, punching, scratching and lashing out at the victims' heads, faces and necks, the court was told. Judge Turner said the assaults were unprovoked and he was not satisfied Shelling fully accepted responsibility for her behaviour. A conviction would not necessarily preclude her from employment in other countries and an application for a discharge without conviction was declined.
Adam Vallom, 26, was sentenced to six months' supervision including attendance at a stopping violence programme for assaulting a previous partner on September 19.
Phillip Puckey, 22, of Wanaka, was sentenced to six months' supervision and 80 hours' community work for assaulting a bouncer in Wanaka on September 22.
Allan Roy Turner, 50, builder, of Frankton, was convicted and ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within 12 months for assault on October 5.
Brett Jon Seipolt, 31, chef, of Sunshine Bay, was convicted and ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within 12 months for assault on June 9.
Entered a ship
Joshua Black, 22, chef, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work for entering a ship, namely the Pacific Jemm, without authority and with intent to commit a crime on June 5. The judge declined an application for a discharge without conviction, saying the consequences were not out of all proportion to the gravity of the offending.
Driving while disqualified
Jaden Morris Fowlds-Kotuhi, 29, was remanded for sentence on December 2 for driving while disqualified, having been convicted at least twice previously, on September 11.
Drink-driving causing injury
Maija Onzule, 24, of Wanaka, was remanded on bail for sentence on November 23 for causing bodily injury while driving with a blood alcohol level of 138mg on August 4. She was driving to Wanaka from Queenstown when her car left the road, hit a concrete pipe and overturned, throwing a passenger from the car.
Blair William Trevathan, 27, of Wanaka, machinist, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for seven months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 930mcg on September 13. Members of the public raised the alarm when Trevathan was found asleep in the car with the engine running and his foot on the accelerator.
Romain Fleureau, 838mcg on September 27. Fined $840 and disqualified for six months.
Desiree Marie Root, 26, US national, 512mcg on October 5. Fined $510 and disqualified for six months.
David Gerald McGreevy, 56, of Cromwell, was fined $750 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 130mg on August 27.
Rachel Jane Frampton, 23, 120mg on August 28. Fined $600 and disqualified for six months.
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