Invercargill District Court News - April

Last updated 11:40 09/04/2014

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"You are the parent. She is the child. It's up to you to ensure that she goes to school."

A woman was slated by Judge Christina Cook in the Invercargill District Court yesterday for failing to ensure her daughter's attendance at school. She was fined $275.

The court was told the woman's daughter failed to attend Southland Girls' High School 73 1/2 days between February 4 and September 19.

Defence lawyer Tanya McCullum said the woman had tried everything she could to get her daughter to go to school but it had not worked.

She accepted it was her responsibility to make sure she attended.

The judge said every child deserved an education and every parent had an obligation to ensure that for their child. The girl's attendance failure was chronic and prolonged, she said.

Used a document

Rewi Taiki Karetai, 21, meatworker, of Balclutha, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and ordered to pay $100 reparation for dishonestly using a document, namely an ANZ debit plus card, with intent to obtain a pecuniary advantage on November 18. The court was told Karetai found the card on a street and used it three times to top up his prepaid cellphone.

Intentional damage

Christopher Stephen Tilby, 37, was sentenced to seven months' jail and ordered to pay $275 reparation for intentionally damaging a car and house doors on February 3 and 8 and unlawfully taking a car and stealing a wallet containing cash and keys valued at $300 on February 20.

Threatening behaviour

Ricky Neville Phillips, 29, was remanded on bail to May 27 for sentence for assault and threatening to injure a person knowing his conduct was likely to frightenon February 9.

Burglary

Scott Wade Irvine, 24, roofer, was remanded on bail to May 27 for sentence for burglary between February 8 and 10.

Breach

Hawera Johnson was remanded on bail to May 23 for compliance for breaching community work at Whangarei on October 27 and February 17.

Saul Brayden Hourston was remanded on bail to May 27 for sentence for breaching intensive supervision.

Driving

Gerald Davis, 23, unemployed, was sentenced to 110 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for nine months for driving recklessly, failing to stop for police and driving while forbidden on March 23. The court was told Davis led police on a pursuit where he drove at speed and through intersections.

Roger Kaurerewa Hogg, 44, was sentenced to 90 hours' community work, disqualified for eight months and his vehicle confiscated for driving while disqualified on March 22.

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Kane Stephen Evans, 18, was fined $350 and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on March 19.

Robert John Solomon Grace, 49, presser, of Lochiel, was sentenced to five months' home detention and disqualified for one year and one day for driving with a breath alcohol level of 583mcg at Winton on January 31. He was convicted and discharged for driving while forbidden.

Drink-driving

Keira Lee Dee, 24, factory hand, was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 490mcg on March 21.

Caleb Jesse Grey, 21, presser, of Tokanui, 749mcg on February 10. Sentenced to two months' community detention, nine months' supervision, disqualified indefinitely and authorised to apply for a three-year zero-alcohol licence.

- The Southland Times

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