Queenstown District Court News - March

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A man busted in an undercover police sting into LSD and ecstasy dealing in Wanaka has been convicted and remanded in custody for sentence.

Oscar Jimmy Gold Arlidge, 28, pleaded guilty to seven charges when he appeared before Judge Dominic Flatley in the Queenstown District Court yesterday. (March 24, 2014)

Arlidge was one of eight people arrested as part of an undercover police bust dubbed Operation Viking. He was remanded in custody for sentence on June 16 after admitting offering to supply LSD on October 5, three charges of supplying LSD in September and October, supplying ecstasy on September 20, offering to supply ecstasy on September 13 and offering to supply cannabis on October 24.

Lawyer Fiona Guy-Kidd said Arlidge had a serious drug problem and was doing an intensive rehabilitation programme.

She applied for bail to enable Arlidge to complete therapy.

Judge Flatley accepted there was a drug problem but the charges were serious, carrying maximum terms of 14 years' jail or life, and granting bail was not possible.

"If you are sentenced to imprisonment, there will be programmes you will attend in relation to drug use problems. My view is that a sentence of prison is inevitable here."

Injuring passengers

A bus driver charged with injuring passengers in a crash near Arthurs Pt is expected to appear for a hearing next month.

The driver, 64, faces seven charges of dangerous driving causing injury after the bus crashed into a tree about noon on October 26.

Sergeant Ian Collin said the injured passengers included Australians. There was correspondence between police and people in Australia, including compiling medical statements.

Experts were assigned to the case and a fixture was likely to take three or four days, he said.

A hearing was scheduled for April 28.

Forgery

Riiria Jade Tatana, 33, baker, of Wanaka, was remanded to May 5 for sentence for stealing a Telecom cellphone on July 15 and knowingly using a forged New Zealand driver's licence between November 1 and January 22.

Shoplifting

Christof Sotiropoulos, 22, of Owaka, was convicted and ordered to pay $5.98 reparation for stealing two cans of beer from New World Wanaka on March 14.

David Hans Nennstiel, 26, of Owaka, was convicted and ordered to pay $17.90 reparation for stealing condiments from the Mediterranean Market in Wanaka on March 14.

Theft

Ashley Alan Rowlands, 26, of Sunshine Bay, was convicted and discharged for stealing alcohol valued at $150 on February 4.

Assault

Eugene Mathew Paul, 36, of Fernhill, was sentenced to 275 hours' community work, nine months' supervision and ordered to pay $400 reparation for assault on December 19. The court was told he took exception to being asked where cannabis could be bought in Queenstown and punched the victim in the face.

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Careless driving causing injury

Noel Jeffrey Johnston, 51, of Dunedin, was fined $1000, ordered to pay $1000 emotional reparation and disqualified from driving for nine months for operating a vehicle carelessly causing injury on January 14.

Alasdair Alfred Winston Parr, 26, sales assistant, of Fernhill, was remanded to April 28 for an application for a discharge without conviction for operating a vehicle carelessly causing injury on January 12.

Wheel spinning

Thomas Donald Martin, 21, sales assistant, of Frankton, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for eight months for wheel spinning in Stanley St on February 13.

Driving

Barry Robert Anderson, 32, plumber, of Arrowtown, was remanded for sentence on April 28 for dishonestly and without claim of right using a work vehicle, careless driving on Gibbston Highway and driving while disqualified on March 8, having been convicted at least twice previously.

David Farquhar Kirkman, 49, rafting guide, was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on March 5.

Drink-driving

Richard James Houghton, 23, mechanic, was fined $1300 and disqualified for nine months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 1036mcg, and operating a vehicle carelessly, on March 15.

Alexander Kobin Carey, 24, was sentenced to 350 hours' community work, 15 months' intensive supervision and disqualified for 18 months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 818mcg, having been convicted at least twice previously, on November 10.

Trevor David Riddell, 37, of Wanaka, labourer, 686mcg on March 13. Fined $700 and disqualified for six months.

Bruce Morris Standish, 53, of Mt Barker, builder, 957mcg on March 21. Fined $1400 and disqualified for nine months.

Steven Greg Railton, 48, contractor, of Arrowtown, was remanded on bail for sentence on April 28 for driving with a blood alcohol level of 171mg on February 14, having been convicted at least twice previously. The judge called for a pre-sentence report to consider a drug and alcohol assessment, community detention and home detention.

- The Southland Times

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