Invercargill District Court News - April

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A Southland man's "erratic" driving was a good example of the dangers of legal highs, a judge says.

Aaron Raymond Adamson, 20, dairy worker, of Waipango, appeared before Judge Alistair Garland in the Invercargill District Court on April 29 for driving dangerously on Riverton-Wallacetown Highway on December 14.

He was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for six months.

Adamson's erratic driving was a good example of where legal highs could have caused "really serious harm", Judge Garland said.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Penny Stratford said at about 1am Adamson was driving towards Riverton and on a straight and dry road he swerved into the wrong lane. He was spotted by police, who activated their lights, but he did not slow, seemingly oblivious to police, she said.

About 100m from a blind corner he again crossed the centre line and eventually slowed and pulled over but seemed confused and unaware of his surroundings with slurred speech, Stratford said.

A breath test was negative but he admitted smoking the legal high Karma before driving and said he was tired, she said.

Adamson's lawyer, Tanya McCullum, said he was grateful nothing worse had happened and glad he was stopped when he was.

Dishonestly caused a loss

Kurt Nicholas Sutherland, 24, builder, of Nightcaps, was sentenced to 150 hours' community work for dishonestly causing a loss by directly accessing a computer system at Winton on November 21 and December 5. The court was told Sutherland accessed a Westpac bank account via internet banking and transferred money from the victim's account to another. He later committed the same offence and transferred the money to his own account. He had since paid the money back.

Breach

Nicole Valarie Wheldale was sentenced to six months' supervision for breaching supervision on March 27.

Indecent act

Michael Lawrence Williams, 29, was sentenced to eight months' jail and ordered to pay $71.48 reparation for doing an indecent act with intent to offend on February 3, stealing meat and alcohol on September 9 and November 16 and failing to answer District Court bail on March 13.

Driving

Michael Van Der Kaag, 45, was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for seven months for driving carelessly and with a breath alcohol level of 801mcg at Queenstown on April 16.

Ricky Mason, 52, concrete worker, was remanded on bail to June 13 for sentence for driving while disqualified on March 19.

Bonnie Ilea Fleury, 28, was remanded on bail to June 13 for sentence for driving while disqualified on March 27.

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Tearai Elton Hakopa, 23, was fined $400 and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on April 17.

Britney Ruke, 20, boner, was remanded at large to May 16 for sentence for driving while suspended on March 23.

Joshua Lindsay George, 26, was sentenced to six months' community detention, 150 hours' community work and disqualified for 14 months for driving while disqualified on January 31.

Drink-driving

Grant Wilmot Cooper, 49, of Bluff, was remanded on bail to June 13 for sentence for driving with a breath alcohol level of 1093mcg at Bluff on March 29.

Rodger Neil Ward, 23, 709mcg on March 30. Remanded on bail to June 13 for sentence.

Slade Ronald Desmond McIntosh, 858mcg at Timaru on January 7. Sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified for nine months.

Stephen Bruce Cunninghame, 64, 531mcg on March 28. Disqualified for one year and one day.

Simon Cameron Kelliher, 25, of Menzies Ferry, 576mcg on April 18. Fined $550 and disqualified for six months.

Daniel Jason Low, 23, 530mcg on April 18. Fined $500 and disqualified for six months.

Alisha Mae Sharp, 21, 532mcg on April 25. Fined $500 and disqualified for six months.

Marco J Appel, 24, Edendale, 462mcg on April 6. Fined $450 and disqualified for six months.

Aysha Sharon Malofie, 24, 746mcg on April 27. Remanded on bail to May 30.

- The Southland Times

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