Invercargill District Court: March 25, 2014

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Temptation got the better of a woman who found a bank card with the Pin written on it, the Invercargill District Court was told.

Naomi Tatonga, 41, pleaded guilty to eight charges of using a document to obtain a pecuniary advantage when she appeared before Judge Christina Cook yesterday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Grant Gerken said Tatonga used a bank card she had found to withdraw, or attempt to withdraw, cash from ATMs in Invercargill and Dunedin eight times between November 8 and 13.

Five times she managed to withdraw cash, amassing a total of $3000, Mr Gerken said.

The bank card had belonged to a Southland business, he said.

Lawyer Katy Barker said Tatonga had found the card, with the Pin written on a sticker attached to the card, outside the Warehouse.

Temptation got the better of Tatonga and she decided to use the card to withdraw cash.

Shortly afterwards, Tatonga travelled to Kiribati, her place of birth, on holiday.

Family and neighbours in the small village she stayed in asked Tatonga for financial help, so she gave away the money she had withdrawn using the card, the court was told.

She was very remorseful for the offending and had gone to the police voluntarily, Ms Barker said.

Judge Cook said she understood the money had been used to benefit the village, not Tatonga, but this did not diminish the seriousness of the offending.

She sentenced Tatonga to 112 hours' community work and ordered her to pay $3000 reparation.

Disorderly behaviour

Eugene Nicholas Wikitera, 33, forest worker, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work for disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence on March 21.

Threatening to kill

Brent James Surgenor, 48, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within 11 months for threatening to kill on February 27.

Assault

James Shannon Chapman, 23, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within 11 months for assault on February 23.

Robert Tiaki Te Wani, 52, was sentenced to 90 hours' community work for assaulting a female on March 3.

Tony Paul Cleaver, 23, meatworker, was sentenced to 75 hours' community work for assault on March 20 at Winton.

Tulisha Murti, 20, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months for assault on March 23.

Bruce Trevor Ladbrook, 33, was sentenced to nine weeks' community detention for assault on January 15.

Wilful damage

Thomas Toomey, 27, was convicted and discharged for wilfully damaging a glass door on February 23 and sentenced to 60 hours' community work for breaching a protection order on the same day.

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Theft

Kenneth Albert John McCallum, 22, of Northope, was remanded to May 6 for sentence for theft, reckless driving and failure to stop on February 3 at Te Anau, and for unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and burglary on February 26 at Mosgiel.

Lauren Rose Mcallum, 29, was sentenced to six weeks' community detention for 11 charges of theft by a person in a special relationship between September 25, 2012, and October 25 2013.

Breach

Brendon Shaun Noanoa was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months for breaching home detention conditions on March 5.

Steven Joe Pay, 24, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work.

Driving

Rita Roimata Marie, 35, was fined $120 and disqualified for six months for careless use of a vehicle causing injury on December 13.

Juanita Alice Harrison, 31, meatworker, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and disqualified for 14 months for driving while disqualified on February 28.

Devon Michael Chalmers, 21, meatworker, of Northope, was disqualified for six months and fined $100 for driving while suspended on March 19.

David Lawrence Body, 53, was ordered to pay $350 emotional harm reparation and disqualified for six months for carelessly using a vehicle causing injury on January 27.

Drink-driving

Mark Graeme Rogers, 27, mine worker, of Runanga, Grey district, was fined $1500 and disqualified for 11 months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 741mcg on March 22.

Frank Eekels, 46, engineer, of Otautau, 1008mcg on March 16 at Otautau. Disqualified indefinitely and sentenced to 110 hours' community work. An order for confiscation of the vehicle involved was also made.

Cade Ryan Smith, 17, dairy worker, of Waianiwa, 285mcg (under 20) on March 22. Sentenced to 40 hours' community work and disqualified for three months.

- The Southland Times

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