Invercargill District Court: March 11, 2014

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A Southland man's collection of child porn images was discovered when he took his laptop to be serviced, the Invercargill District Court was told.

The 50-year-old, who has name suppression, appeared before Judge Michael Turner yesterday on three charges of possessing objectionable publications, namely digital file images and video.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Grant Gerken said the man took his laptop in to be serviced on May 6 and during the service the technician discovered objectionable material on it. The technician notified police, Mr Gerken said.

Police found the man had used websites, including Google and Pirate Bay, to search for objectionable material related to underage girls between June 2012 and May 2013.

The computer was also found to contain 52 images of predominantly naked girls, estimated to be aged between 8 and 12 years, as well as video of underage girls in sexual situations, Mr Gerken said.

The man told police he had not downloaded the images from the internet but had copied them from a storage device he had found. He thought he had removed all the material from his computer, the court was told.

Judge Turner remanded the man for sentence to April 17.

Assault

Christopher Michael Hodgkinson, 38, was remanded to April 15 for sentence for assault on January 29.

Rodney Allen Kirk, 40, was sentenced to three months' jail for assault on December 18.

Cannabis

Joel David Rothera, 28, was remanded to April 17 for sentence for cultivating cannabis on October 4.

Dayna Elizabeth Cormack, 44, of Gore, was remanded to April 17 for sentence for possessing cannabis for the purpose of sale and selling cannabis between July 3 and October 2.

Injuring with intent

Kim Brandon Leishman, 24, was sentenced to 10 months' home detention, 200 hours' community work and ordered to pay $2364 reparation for injuring with intent, burglary and intentionally damaging a dwelling on August 3 and breaching a protection order on January 29.

Dayne Kahu Matthews, 20, was sentenced to two years and one month's jail and ordered to pay $2364 reparation for injuring with intent, burglary and intentionally damaging a dwelling on August 3.

Danielle Lee Pou, 19, was sentenced to 10 hours' home detention, 200 hours' community work and ordered to pay $2364 reparation for injuring with intent, burglary and intentionally damaging a dwelling on August 3.

Shoplifting

Che Jeremiah Daniel Eltringham, 20, was remanded to April 29 for sentence for stealing a chocolate bar from Pak 'n Save on January 29, obtaining $560 by deception between January 5 and 6 and breaching community work on January 25.

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Using a document

Fraser Ronald McGregor was sentenced to three months' home detention and 100 hours' community work for nine charges of using a document to obtain a pecuniary advantage and one charge of misleading a social welfare officer between July 2009 and 2013.

Driving

Jordan Kane Cooper, 18, meatworker, was sentenced to 20 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for six months for driving while disqualified on March 3.

Warren Joseph Dewhurst, 31, fencer, of Manapouri, was fined $1600 and disqualified for nine months for careless driving and driving with a breath alcohol level of 1230mcg on March 2 at Te Anau.

Drink-driving

Jamie Bruce Brown, 23, was remanded to 17 April for sentence for driving with a breath alcohol level of 569mcg on February 16.

Dongsub Jeong, 35, 639mcg at Auckland on January 19, fined $2000, sentenced to 50 hours' community work, disqualified for eight months, and ordered not to own or have an interest in a vehicle for 12 months.

Jeremy Michael Tidey, 21, builder, of Winton, 719mcg at Winton on March 8, fined $700 and disqualified for six months.

- The Southland Times

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