One of two men who stole items from a Cromwell property where free firewood had been offered told police he thought everything on the property was free, the Alexandra District Court was told last week.
John Alexander Bernard James Jephson, 26, lab technician, of Cromwell, was sentenced to three months' community detention, 120 hours' community work - up to 25 per cent of which could include a life skills programme, on burglary and theft charges.
He pleaded guilty to breaking into a garage in Neplusultra St in Cromwell between July 26 and August 16, and stealing scrap metal, two fireplaces, a hot-water cylinder, a copper bin, an aluminium grill and a hydraulic ram.
Judge Fred McElrea imposed a curfew from 7pm Thursdays till 7am Mondays and ordered him to pay reparation of $3083.
Jephson's co-offender, Ricky John Colson, 30, of Cromwell, was also charged with stealing scrap metal and other items from the property.
The court was told how the house on the property had been demolished and a sign was offering free firewood. On at least three occasions the pair had gone to the property and taken the items.
Initially, Colson had told police officers he thought everything on the property was free and he did not believe he had done anything wrong. He was remanded until November 18 to the Queenstown District Court for a pre-sentence report.
Anthony Mark Robinson, 36, was sentenced to 75 hours' community work, cumulative on 150 hours already being served after he stole a cellphone valued at $400 on September 6 as well as breaching a condition of supervision. He was ordered to pay $25 reparation on the theft charge.
Teigan Wilson 21, of Ranfurly, was sentenced to a total of 120 hours' community work and ordered to pay a total of $200.50 reparation for theft of household items on July 29 and theft of chainsaws, valued at $3000, on September 21.
Wilson's partner, Shaun William Quantock, 19, was jointly charged with the thefts. He was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and ordered to pay $139 reparation.
However, he pleaded not guilty to the chainsaw theft. The case will be heard on November 27.
Danelle Reiana Spooner, 29, was sentenced to nine months' supervision with special conditions of undertaking drug and alcohol counselling and "any other" appropriate treatment determined by the probation officer for intentionally breaking four windows at an Alexandra property on September 18 and behaving in a threatening manner at a Work and Income office on August 30. She was ordered to pay $552 reparation for the windows.
A shop owner was granted interim name suppression when he appeared on a charge of using a guitar as a weapon, injuring by an unlawful act.
Joanne Elizabeth Blondell, 32, was ordered to come up for sentence within nine months if called upon for disorderly conduct on September 21 in Gore while visiting her friend.
Fish & Game charge
Douglas McDonald Stalker, helicopter pilot, 50, was fined $500 and ordered to pay $600 for prosecution fees for being in possession of a lead shot while hunting water fowl within 200 metres of open water with a gun using a 12-gauge cartridge on May 4.
Ruby Courtney Crichton, 19, of Cromwell, was remanded until November 14 for possessing utensils used for consuming cannabis and supplying cannabis to a person under 18.
Phillip Hume, 17, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work, cumulative to another 80 hours' community work previously imposed, for possessing utensils to consume cannabis on August 1 and getting into a stolen car.
Sarah Jayne Geddes, 33, of Cromwell, was ordered to pay $60 reparation for stealing $60 of diesel at BP2Go in Cromwell on September 2. When her fuel card declined, she failed to return to pay for the diesel.
Matthew John Adair, 30, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and ordered to pay $500 reparation for intentionally damaging a van in a McDonalds' drive- through in Rangiora on September 22.
Shane William Moore, 20, hammer hand, was ordered to pay $360 reparation for wilful damage to a parked van and a fence on October 12. He was also sentenced to eight months' supervision with the special condition he undertake any assessment or treatment programme directed by the probation officer. He was also ordered to pay $1587 reparation for the van and sentenced to eight months' supervision with special conditions.
Stephen William Byrne, 44, of Cromwell, was fined $200 for careless driving causing injury on September 11. He was also ordered to pay $300 for emotional harm to the victim and was disqualified from driving for six months.
Kayne Livett, 24, was sentenced to three months' jail for burglary and ordered to pay $1250 reparation, six weeks' jail for breaching a protection order against his former partner, two months' jail and $150 reparation for assaulting a police officer, and two months' jail on a common assault charge. The sentences were to be served concurrently.
Tipenene Eru Te Whaiti, 29, of Masterton, pleaded guilty to assaulting his partner while working as a shearer in Alexandra in September. He was sentenced to three months' jail for each of three charges relating to two charges of common assault on September 5 and 8, and breaching a protection order on September 8. On his release from jail he is to attend a Stop Violence programme.
Christopher James Nolan, labourer, was fined $250 for careless use of a vehicle and sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 175mg on September 29 after he crashed and rolled his work vehicle several times.
Peter Thomas Samuel, 61, shearer of Omakau, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and disqualified for one year and one day for driving with a breath alcohol level of 661mcg on September 28.
Robert Peter Dickey, 29, carpet layer, 694mcg on October 12. Fined $700 and disqualified for six months.
Steven George Dunn, 43, orchard worker of Cromwell, 945mcg on September 15. Sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified for one year.
Olga Merewhati Kuti, 43, of Ranfurly, 511mcg on July 24. Sentenced to four months' home detention, with a post-detention condition that Kuti must attend any assessment and followup treatment for six months after the home detention sentence and be disqualified from driving for a year. On applying for another licence, she would have to be deemed suitable and it would include a zero-alcohol condition on it for three years, the judge said.
Tessa Louise Maguire, 22, of Mt Pisa, 483mcg on September 29. Fined $450 for drink-driving and disqualified for six months. She was also fined $250 for careless use of a motor vehicle and disqualified from driving for three months, concurrent with the six months.
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