A quick nip out for lunch has cost a Hawera man his licence.
Tama Woods, 19, was caught driving while disqualified on September 29 at 12.46pm after he was stopped by police at a checkpoint on Collins St.
He had been disqualified for six months on August 13 for driving dangerously along State Highway 3.
On the day of the second offence, Woods was unable to produce a current driver's licence and when asked for an explanation, he told police he was unsure if he was disqualified or not, and he was on his way to get lunch.
He appeared in the Hawera District Court yesterday before Judge Allan Roberts, who told Woods his explanation was appalling and he had no reason to misunderstand his first sentencing.
"You listen here and listen good," Judge Roberts said, "Another six months on top of this running one, which will take effect on February 12 next year and it will go until August 12." A South Taranaki man who breached protection orders is now behind bars.
Mark Robert Williamson, 34, of Manaia, was sentenced to four months' jail.
Williamson was first issued a temporary protection order on May 12, 2005, and the protection order became final without any modification.
The court heard that on October 4 at 8pm, Williamson was at his home address in Manaia with the victim and child.
Williamson made threats towards the victim stating he was going to kill her and then kill himself.
The victim left the defendant when he was asleep and upon waking to find them gone, Williamson threatened to burn everyone's house down in order to find the victim.
On October 6 he began removing the exterior cladding from a Patea building to gain access to the victim.
Police found Williamson to be "highly agitated and under the influence of a substantial amount of drugs".
A South Taranaki man described by a judge as a "high-risk offender in the realm of domestic violence" has been sentenced to 4 months jail after breaching release conditions.
Judge Roberts heard how between September 10 and 11, Peter Thomas Kohu, 26, of Hawera, had contacted the victim without written approval from the probation officer.
The court was told Kohu was advised his daughter was ill but he was unable to contact his probation officer as he had neither credit on his phone nor the officer's contact details.
Judge Roberts noted Kohu first breached his release on May 15 but was convicted and discharged, and had two previous convictions for breaching his release, along with a number of community work breaches.
On July 16, Kohu had two further charges breaching condition orders.
Two Hawera men charged with assault have been sentenced to community work.
Tyson Eric King and Peter Thompson, both 22, were charged with assaults with intent to injure. King later had his charge dropped to common assault by Judge Roberts.
On September 27 at 12.15am, King saw his cousin walking away from the pub with the victim, whom King believed was hassling his cousin.
King was also egged on by the victim before punching him three to four times with both fists. The victim fell to the ground on the last punch.
Judge Roberts said he took in to account King had been egged on but told him sometimes it was better to let things be.
The court also heard how Thompson laid into the victim with a jandal-clad foot.
King was sentenced to 80 hours' community work, and a further 120 hours' for unpaid fines of $1787.57 while Thompson was given 100 hours community work.
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