Invercargill District Court News - April

Last updated 11:16 02/04/2014

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A man caught stealing petrol paid the owner with cash he had stolen from the owner's wallet minutes earlier, the Invercargill District Court was told.

David Stearne Menzies, 45, pleaded guilty to theft from a car on March 7 at Drummond when he appeared before Judge Michael Turner on April 1. 

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said Menzies pulled into a driveway near Drummond, where he found a parked car.

Menzies entered the car and took two packets of shearing combs, valued at $300, and $80 he found in a wallet on the car seat, Mills said.

He then began pouring petrol into his vehicle from a 20L container he found, when he was confronted by the owner, the court was told.

Menzies told the owner he was running out of fuel, and handed him $20 to pay for it, Mills said.

In explanation for his actions, Menzies told police he just needed petrol to get back to Invercargill.

The judge remanded Menzies to April 17 for sentence.

Assault

Newton Rangi Taipari, 72, was convicted and ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within nine months for assault on February 27.

Michael John Benfell, 35, dairy worker, of Otahuti, was sentenced to 230 hours' community work for assaulting a female and threatening to kill on March 5.

Darian Boyd Baker, 17, was remanded to May 16 for sentence for assault with intent to injure on March 11.

Leonardo Calcasola, 18, meatworker, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and ordered to pay $500 emotional harm reparation for assault and disorderly behaviour on March 23.

Nigel Clifford Crosbie, 36, of Woodlands, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for assaulting a female on February 16.

Kirstie Tui Sadler, 35, was sentenced to six months' supervision for assault on March 11.

Breach

Troy Richard Ballantine was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on March 11.

Theft

Paul William McIntosh, 33, was sentenced to seven months' jail and ordered to pay $170 reparation for stealing a handbag, valued at $570, on August 8, and a backpack, valued at $500, on August 26, unlawfully possessing a shotgun, on September 5, and breaching release conditions and breaching bail on December 6.

Using a document

Yvonne Leslie Wehi, 55, cleaner, was sentenced to two months' community detention, 150 hours' community work and ordered to pay $1623.01 reparation for using a document, namely a bank card, to obtain $1623.01 on December 7 and taking a document, namely a bank card, with the intent of gaining pecuniary advantage dishonestly between December 2 and 7.

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Driving

Marrah Patu Beck was disqualified for two months for driving while forbidden on January 1.

Michael Laurence Welsh, 45, tiler, was remanded to April 4 for sentence for driving while suspended and with a breath alcohol level of 1025mcg on March 9.

Samantha Jayne Crighton, 21, cleaner, was fined $450 and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on March 17.

Emma Jane Flannery, 23, was remanded to May 16 for sentence for driving while suspended on February 5 and breaching community work on February 21.

Britney Florence Ruke, 20, was remanded to May 16 for sentence for, being an unlicensed driver, failing to comply with a prohibition and driving with a breath alcohol level of 729mcg at Winton on March 1.

Nigel John Hicks, 41, was remanded to May 20 for sentence for driving while disqualified on February 25.

Tangee Ann Read, 28, was sentenced to three months' community detention and disqualified for nine months' for driving while suspended on December 12 and driving while disqualified on February 6.

Nadia Hine Amai Thompson, 29, was sentenced to six weeks' community detention, 100 hours' community work and disqualified for eight months for sustained loss of traction and driving with a breath alcohol level of 697mcg on October 3.

Drink-driving

Daniel Lee Tipene, 31, was disqualified for eight months and fined $1600 for driving with a breath alcohol level of 1040mcg on March 22.

Tara Manuel, 447mcg on February 6 in Napier. Sentenced to three months' community detention, nine months' supervision and disqualified for seven months. She was convicted and discharged for failing to supply correct details on the same day.

Blair John Carruthers, 50, of Te Anau, 926mcg on February 7 at Te Anau. Sentenced to 250 hours' community work and nine months' supervision, disqualified indefinitely and an order of confiscation was made for his vehicle.

- The Southland Times

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