Gore District Court: March 12, 2014

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A Southland mother called police after her daughter threatened to stab her pet cat, the Gore District Court was told.

Melanie Marie Watt, 36, was convicted of behaving threateningly when she appeared before Judge Michael Turner in the Gore District Court yesterday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Denise Harvey said Watt had been verbally abusing her mother on March 2, repeatedly calling her a "nark".

After continuing that behaviour all day, she told her mother if she did not leave the house, she would get a knife and stab her pet cat, Ms Harvey said.

Watt's mother then called police. When officers arrived, Watt could be heard ranting.

She did not offer an explanation for her behaviour to police and alcohol was not a factor, the court was told.

Despite pleading guilty to the charge of behaving threateningly, in court yesterday Watt denied saying she would kill or stab the cat.

Judge Turner remanded Watt on bail to April 2 for sentence, and made a protection order against Watt in favour of her mother.

Burglary

Eli Samuel Vincent, 21, was sentenced to three months' home detention, 100 hours' community work and ordered to pay $385 reparation for burglary on November 27.

Assault

Peter-John Kimura, shearer, was sentenced to 250 hours' community work and nine months' supervision on two charges of male assaults female on February 17. A protection order was also made against Kimura in favour of the victim.

Hori Irimana Tenaku Winiata Kemp Gemmell, presser, 18, was remanded to May 9 for sentence for male assaults female on March 11, burglary on September 29 and driving with a breath alcohol level of 302mcg on December 21.

Breach

Richard Martin Hohepa Johnson was sentenced to 40 hours' community work for breach of community work on August 7 and January 16 at Hamilton.

Levi Stratus Gare was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for breach of post-release conditions on February 20, 21 and 28.

Sandra May Ross, 30, of Croydon Bush, was remanded to May 7 for sentence for breach of home detention on March 6 and 11.

Zac Lance Pearsey was sentenced to 60 hours' community work for breaching his release conditions on February 19.

Cannabis

Terrance John Howley, 30, was remanded to May 28 for sentence for possessing cannabis, cannabis seeds and a cannabis pipe, possessing a firearm, namely a .22 rifle, without a licence, resisting police, refusing to accompany a police officer, failing to stop, dangerous driving and driving with a breath alcohol level of 729mcg on January 31.

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Driving

Catherine Rose-Mary Greer, 27, was fined $400, ordered to pay $1992.25 reparation and disqualified from driving for six months for careless driving causing injury at Shingle Creek on January 8.

Marc Daniel Cowan, 25, of Waikana, was remanded to May 7 for sentence for careless driving and driving with a breath alcohol level of 507mcg at Mataura on January 27.

Corey Ebbe Jager, 22, builder, was fined $350 and disqualified for six months for sustained loss of traction on December 7.

Joshua Howell, 22, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for sustained loss of traction on February 13.

Joseph Owen Ford Howey, 17, meatworker, of Milton, was remanded to May 1 for sentence for driving while disqualified and driving with a breath alcohol limit of 366mcg at Gore on March 9.

Joshua James Reynolds, 28, labourer, of Waikaka Valley, was sentenced to two months' jail and disqualified for one year and one month for driving while disqualified on October 25.

Indecent assault

Lewis Wilfred Muir, 63, of Wyndham, was remanded to May 8 for sentence for indecently assaulting a female aged between 12 and 16 at Wyndham on February 2.

Receiving

Daniel Francis Woods, 25, of Mataura, wool presser, was sentenced to four months' community detention, nine months' supervision and was disqualified for eight months for receiving an iPhone valued at $649 on January 18 and driving dangerously on January 8.

Shoplifts

Gaylene Welsh, 39, cleaner, of Mataura, was convicted and sentenced to 40 hours' community work for shoplifting a singlet valued at $29 from The Ware- house in Gore on March 2.

Vivian Hokimate Harris, 50, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and ordered to pay $77 reparation for shoplifting household items valued at $157.94 from the Warehouse, Gore, on February 10, and for shoplifting grocery items valued at $154 from New World, Gore, on February 20.

Waiena Patricia Matahaere, 39, was remanded to May 7 for sentence for shoplifting grocery items valued at $154 from New World Gore on February 20, shoplifting grocery items valued at $24.85 from Countdown Gore on December 8, shoplifting a charm bracelet and glass bead valued at $115 on December 6, stealing a medical equipment valued at $200 from Gore Hospital on February 21, and receiving property valued at $160 on December 11.

Wilful damage

Russell Gilbert Marsh, 26, was remanded to May 7 for sentence for wilful damage of a window and two breaches of a protection order at Gore on January 21.

Drink-driving

Carah Haeta Walker, 21, of Wyndham, was fined $850 and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 844mcg on February 8.

Honi Thomas Marwick, 58, 569mcg on February 13, fined $950 and disqualified for one year and one month.

Ben James Murdoch, 18, 513mcg on March 1, sentenced to 50 hours' community work and disqualified for six months.

Kane Stephen Sell, 24, 666mcg on March 8, sentenced to 50 hours' community work and disqualified for six months.

Sandra Margaret Ferguson McArthur, 46, fined $550 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 110mg on January 30.

- The Southland Times

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