A Southland man who stole items from his family, assaulted his father and burgled a house where two children were sleeping has been told to use his potential and get off drugs and alcohol.
Taylor James Coveney Harris, 18, appeared before Judge David Holderness in the Invercargill District Court on October 19 on charges of theft, burglary, unlawfully interfering with a motor vehicle and assault.
Judge Holderness said Harris entered a house where two adults and two young children were sleeping, on August 24, and took several items, including an iPad and iPhone.
He later discarded the items but told police where they were.
That offending came two weeks after he stole a gaming console and digital camera from his family.
Then, on August 27, his father had confronted him about breaking some household rules and Harris had become agitated and angry, Judge Holderness said.
His father had become concerned and was going to ring police, but Harris had tried to stop him. It appeared Harris' life had been on a "downhill spiral" for a "little while", the judge said.
Harris had ambitions to one day run his own business and had potential to do it, but he would not be able to make use of that potential if he went on abusing alcohol and drugs, Judge Holderness told him.
Harris was sentenced to four months' community detention and nine months' supervision.
Michael John Benfell, 34, farm worker, of Otahuti, was sentenced to four months' community detention, 170 hours' community work and ordered to pay $800 reparation for two burglaries, between January 2 last year and June 10 this year.
Steven John Blanch, 30, was remanded in custody to November 26 for sentence for stealing a television remote from The Warehouse on September 8, stealing lollies from The Warehouse, and breaching court bail on October 8.
Using a document
A 62-year-old Southland woman, granted interim name suppression, was remanded at large to November 22 for sentence on seven charges of using a document for pecuniary advantage and three charges of forging a cheque.
The offending occurred in August and September when the woman used a friend's ATM card to withdraw cash, used a bank cheque with the victim's details on it to withdraw cash, and signed cheques in the victim's name to receive money.
The woman said she had taken the money to help her son who was struggling financially, the court was told.
Shane Dion Dibben, 23, was sentenced to 50 hours' community work and ordered to pay $1130 reparation for behaving in a disorderly manner and intentionally damaging a cell block at the Invercargill police station on September 29.
Taki John Gillies, 27, was sentenced to 50 hours' community work and ordered to pay $350 reparation for resisting police and convicted and discharged for disorderly behaviour on September 28.
Sean Roger Phillips, 20, dairy worker, of Gowan Hill, was fined $150 for intentionally damaging a wall panel and fined $300 for threatening to damage a person's property with intent to intimidate that person on October 11.
Kurt William Lonneker, 33, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for breaching release conditions on October 1.
Joseph Regan Andy Epiha was remanded in custody to December 19 for sentence for assault with a blunt instrument, wounding with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm and indecent assault.
Ritchie Hamilton Alexander Kidd, 23, was fined $450 for assaulting a female on June 5.
Cole Anthony Macdonald, 26, was fined $450 for possessing cannabis on October 11.
David John Roberts, 29, mill hand, of Riverton, was sentenced to three months' community detention, disqualified from driving for nine months and ordered to pay $1485 reparation for driving dangerously and while forbidden at Riverton on August 11.
Shannon Joseph Wynne, 29, was sentenced to 55 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on September 28.
Hayden James Tutty, 18, was sentenced to 65 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 292mcg and operating a vehicle in a sustained loss of traction on October 14.
Chezevan Hirini Teritiamana Cameron, 20, tree pruner, was fined $350, disqualified for six months and barred from having any interest in a motor vehicle for 12 months for driving while disqualified on October 11.
Adam Brian Lawson, 29, was sentenced to 14 months' jail and disqualified for 18 months when he appeared for sentence for driving with a breath alcohol level of 691mcg at Kaikoura on October 7 last year, and driving with a breath alcohol level of 812mcg at Ashburton on July 31.
Jeffery McCallister Drain, 40, contractor, of Rowallan, 984mcg at Orepuki on October 12. Fined $1500 and disqualified for 15 months.
Jamie Ewan McMillan, 28, butcher, 749mcg on October 4. Sentenced to 90 hours' community work and disqualified for nine months.
Alana Lesley Waireka Swan, 17, restaurant manager, of Te Anau, 770mcg on October 6. Fined $750 and disqualified for six months.
Raven Hinetitama Johnson, 22, shearer, of Tuatapere, 643mcg on October 12 at Tuatapere. Fined $850 and disqualified for nine months.
Christopher John Panirau, 45, dairy worker, of Mataura Island, 871mcg on October 11. Fined $1000 and disqualified for nine months.
Beverley Ann Gibbs, 53, cleaner, was fined $900 and disqualified for 13 months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 98mg on September 13.
Michelle Karen Chalmers, 26, 94mg on September 6. Fined $475 and disqualified for six months.
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