Birthday bash turns sour
A man smashed a police car windscreen with his head during his 18th birthday celebrations, the Invercargill District Court has been told.
Aaron James Wharekawa appeared before Judge Tony Couch yesterday and admitted intentionally damaging a police car, resisting police and behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence on January 4.
He was sentenced to 50 hours' community work, nine months' supervision and ordered to pay $338 reparation.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said Wharekawa had been celebrating his 18th birthday with family and friends when he became upset with a party-goer and left the house agitated and intoxicated.
After police arrived, Wharekawa hit the right wing mirror of a parked police car. He was restrained but attempted to push away from police and headbutted the windscreen twice, causing it to shatter, Mr Mills said.
Wharekawa continued to pull away from police. He later told them he was drunk and had an addiction to synthetic cannabis, which made him do stupid things, he said.
Judge Couch said Wharekawa had obviously gone off the deep end.
Wharekawa's lawyer, Jono Ross, said his client was not sure why he became upset and could not recall much of the offending.
Mark Anthony Grieve, 22, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for assaulting a female on December 21.
Shane David Hackett, 23, labourer, was sentenced to three months' and two weeks home detention for assaulting a female on January 5
Ashley Maree Padget, 20, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months for intentionally damaging a window on January 19.
Brendon Paul Wilson, 20, was remanded on bail to March 14 for compliance for breaching community work.
Michael George Mulligan, 28, was convicted and discharged for breaching supervision.
Ethan Keiran Fischer, 21, was convicted and discharged for breaching supervision on December 11.
Trent David Purvis, 23, was convicted and discharged for breaching release conditions at Upper Hutt on December 30.
Christopher Thomas Johnstone was convicted and discharged for breaching release conditions on December 11.
David Charles McNally, 26, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for eight months for driving while disqualified at Winton.
Naomi Jayne Calder, 20, waitress, was sentenced to 50 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for driving while disqualified on December 30.
Samuel Mason Whaitiri, 26, press operator, of Bluff, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for driving while disqualified at Bluff on December 9.
Jimmy Karl Corbett, 31, was sentenced to six months' home detention, disqualified for one year and three months and authorised to apply for a three-year zero-alcohol licence for driving while disqualified and with a breath alcohol level of 817mcg on November 17.
Luke Philip Soper, 18, fisherman, of Taramoa, was fined $400 and disqualified for six months for driving while disqualified at Riverton on January 12.
Matthew David Adams, 19, of Wairio, was fined $250 and disqualified for three months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 278mcg (under 20) at Otautau on December 22.
Daniel Timothy Ellis, 20, dairy worker, 444mcg on January 19. Fined $500, disqualified for eight months and authorised to apply for a three-year zero-alcohol licence.
Joanne Maree Laidlaw, 48, was fined $450 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 94mg on December 11.
The Southland Times