Gore District Court - April

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A teenager who led police on a high-speed pursuit past schools and through residential areas had a "brain explosion", the Gore District Court was told.

Royden Joseph Stewart, 17, of Mataura, appeared before Judge Christina Cook on April 2, for sentence for driving while suspended, reckless driving and failing to stop when required on March 5.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Denise Harvey said Stewart, driving with a passenger, did not stop when a police car flashed its lights and continued to drive for 2km.

During the pursuit, Stewart drove at speeds exceeding 100kmh in a 50kmh residential zone, past schools, and crossed the centre line numerous times, causing a milk truck to take evasive action, Harvey said.

Stewart's lawyer told the court Stewart clearly had a "brain explosion" and, at 17, was not mature enough to have a licence.

The judge said Stewart was an otherwise hard-working young man, but his actions had put others in danger. "It not only put your life at risk but you also put the lives of the public at risk when you undertook this sustained and stupid case of driving."

She fined Stewart $800 and disqualified him for 12 months.

Assault

Benjamin Mark Taylor, 22, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for assault with intent to injure on February 15.

Marc William Hansen, 23, mechanic, of Waikaka, was sentenced to 70 hours' community work for assault with intent to injure on February 15.

David Stanley Kanton, 44, meat worker, of Mataura, was sentenced to 90 hours' community work for assault on January 18 and was convicted and discharged for disorderly behaviour on the same day.

Campbell Aaron McIntosh, 23, labourer, of Waikaka, was fined $500 for assault on February 15 and was convicted and discharged for disorderly behaviour on the same day.

Timothy Allan Corby, 35, painter, was sentenced to nine months' supervision for assault with intent to injure on February 2.

Kyahni Freedom Campbell, 17, shearer, of Mataura was sentenced to 150 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for assault on December 21 and sentenced to 40 hours' community work for breach of supervision.

Behaving threateningly

Joanne Maree Bishop, 50, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within 12 months for behaving threateningly on December 31.

Breach

Ama Nikorema Arata Tai was remanded to June 11 for sentence for breach of community work between February 11 and 18 and for breach of supervision on February 11.

Sarah-Jane Tetua-Arrii Norris was convicted and discharged for breach of supervision on March 18.

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Burglary

Melanie Marie Watt, 36, cleaner, was sentenced to 16 months' intensive supervision and ordered to pay $2720 reparation for burglary between September 24 and October 11, and ordered to come upon for sentence if called upon within nine months for behaving threateningly on March 2 and giving false statements on December 20.

Disorderly behaviour

Codie James Benjamin McNoe, 29, meat worker, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon for disorderly behaviour on March 22 and wilful trespass on March 8 at Timaru.

Injuring with reckless disregard

Shannyn Marie Hiko, 28, of Tisbury, was sentenced to 3 1/2 months' community detention and nine months' supervision for injuring with reckless disregard on December 4, 2012, and for a breach of community work, and convicted and discharged of failing to answer police bail on December 2012.

Shoplifting

Chantayne Marie Rangi, 30, of Invercargill, was remanded to June 11 for sentence for shoplifting a spa pool, valued at $999.99, a backpack, valued at $12, and six cellphones, valued at $454 from the Warehouse, Gore, on January 19.

Driving

Karlin James Baldwin, 19, of Waipahi, was fined $200 and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on March 25.

Tania Yvonne Smith, 35, was remanded to June 11 for sentence for driving while suspended on April 2 and with a breath alcohol level of 1053mcg on March 20.

Drink-driving

Gaylene Isa Welsh, 39, of Mataura, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for a breath alcohol level of 462mcg on March 30.

Jason Allyn Barrie Robertson, 26, farmer, of Wendon, 662mcg on March 19 at Riversdale, fined $700 and disqualified for six months.

Louise Shirley Avei, 44, of Mataura, 713mcg on February 10, sentenced to 70 hours' community work and disqualified for nine months.

Corey Renata Maniapoto, 21, meat worker, 731mcg on March 15, remanded to June 11 for sentence.

Tania Marie Gutteridge, 43, of Tapanui, 637mcg on March 22, fined $650 and disqualified for six months.

- The Southland Times

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