Father told police he was sorry for butt-grab

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 28/03/2013

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A father has admitted grabbing his young teenage daughter's friend's bottom at his home.

Wayne Edward Opai, a 45-year-old New Plymouth builder, told police he knew he shouldn't have done it and was sorry, but said he found the victim attractive.

In the New Plymouth District Court yesterday Opai pleaded guilty to one charge of indecently assaulting a female aged between 12-16.

The police summary states that Opai had admired the girl's clothes when she came to visit his daughter at their home.

But when he saw her leaning over a bed patting the family cat, Opai commented about "the nice pussy" and placed his hands on the girl's bottom, the summary said.

Community magistrate Robyn Paterson remanded Opai on bail until sentencing on May 16 calling for a pre-sentence report.

A Waitara mother says she grew cannabis because she was struggling to feed her two young children on a benefit.

Leona Brunning, 38, pleaded guilty to one charge of cultivating cannabis.

Police who arrived at her home on March 12 with a search warrant found a growing room behind Brunning's bedroom.

In it were 23 plants, many of which were coming into bud, along with seedings of different sizes, and growing equipment.

Brunning was convicted and remanded on bail for sentencing on May 16.

A New Plymouth woman, 46, who admitted a raft of shoplifting offences told the court she had attempted suicide and had no income after returning from Australia.

Wendy Michelle Rosewarne, 46, stole two bottles of bourbon from The Mill Liquorsave, baby clothes from JK Kids, makeup from Lander and Black and a shirt and handbag from Postie Plus in Whanganui.

A probation officer who talked to Rosewarne told the magistrate that the defendant had a "whole stack" of issues, including needing treatment for burns and mental health concerns.

Rosewarne was remanded on bail, and ordered not to enter any of the stores she stole from.

The magistrate advised the defendant to see a duty solicitor and remanded her until sentencing on April 24, ordering a pre-sentence report.

Alton Simon Chadwick, 40, admitted being in possession of more than 100 paua at Pungarehu on November 15, more than 30 of which were undersized. The legal limit per person is 10.

Chadwick will be sentenced on June 7.

A co-offender is yet to be dealt with in the courts.

Samuel Francis Reidy, in his 20s, acknowledged he put a dent in the side of a police car at Hawera on February 11 after fighting with his brother.

When the magistrate asked Reidy what happened, he replied it was a family feud. He said he had no money for reparation to pay for the damage because his benefit was suspended. He was convicted on a charge of intentional damage and told to organise reparation with the fines collections office.

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A 53-year-old man was convicted of trespassing at the Bridge Tavern. Stephen Brian Montgomerie said he was aware he had a trespass order against him. But he just got back from pig hunting and thought he would duck in to get a phone number from a friend in the tavern.

He believed a person in the tavern had a vendetta against him. Montgomerie was convicted and discharged.

A 25-year-old man has been ordered not to drive when he has been drinking. He had consumed alcohol prior to sentencing after he was arrested for two drink-driving offences in a week. Joel Dave Parker, who pleaded guilty, will be sentenced on May 22.

- Taranaki Daily News

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