Teenager gets work sentence for 'gun' prank

Last updated 10:53 11/03/2014

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A 17-year-old student who produced a plastic gun and held it at an Asian man's head as a "joke" has been sentenced to 40 hours' community work.

George McCrostie appeared in the Queenstown District Court yesterday before Judge Christina Cook for presenting an object like a firearm on February 2.

McCrostie was outside Wilkinsons Pharmacy in Queenstown when he put a plastic pistol to an Asian man's face, holding it 3cm from him, and yelled "ra". The man got a fright and yelled in surprise. Members of the public observed the incident and raised it with police. McCrostie was found in Earnslaw Park a short time later and the plastic gun was recovered from a rubbish bin where he had dumped it.

McCrostie said he did not know why he had pointed the plastic gun at the man and it was a "compulsive thing to do".

Possession of knife

Derek James Nielsen, 45, painter, sentenced to three months and three weeks jail for possessing a knife without reasonable excuse and breaching a protection order on February 1. Nielsen had been drinking at his former partner's house and produced a small pocket knife after being asked to leave. The knife had to be taken from him by the property's site manager.

Assaulting police

Ashley Alan Rowlands, 26, of Sunshine Bay, was sentenced to three months' jail for assaulting police, intentional damage and offensive behaviour on January 28. The judge ordered special release conditions, including an alcohol abuse assessment.

Deception

Melanie Fournet, 22, of France, was fined $750 for fighting in a public place and obtaining by deception on March 2.

Fighting

Adrien Lesbine, 30, fined $250 for fighting in a public place on March 2.

Breach

Chloe Joy Hogg, ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months for breaching supervision on February 26.

Drink-driving

Mary Jane Ferguson, 50, fined $800 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 787mcg on March 1.

Luke Gane Griffin, 29, labourer, 717mcg on February 15. Sentenced to 120 hours' community work, disqualified for nine months and ordered to pay $1320 reparation.

Lars Romand Guyton, 22, 583mcg on March 8. Fined $600 and disqualified for six months.

Stephen Noel Butler, 45, of Arrowtown, 538mcg on March 8. Fined $850 and disqualified for eight months.

Adam John Fraser, 24, 512mcg on February 24. Fined $550 and disqualified for six months.

Nathan Mathew Jory, 20, of Alexandra, was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 91mg on February 1.

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- The Southland Times

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