A drunk New Plymouth man who crashed his car while going to work in the morning has been jailed.
In the New Plymouth District Court yesterday Philip Patrick Martin, 31, admitted careless driving and his fourth drink-driving offence.
He had been driving to work at 8.10am when he lost control on an easy left hand bend and crashed into a concrete wall.
A blood test at hospital found 133mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, well over the legal limit of 80mg.
Judge Allan Roberts said Martin acknowledged he had an alcohol problem and had offered to pay for the $632.50 worth of repairs to the wall.
Martin was jailed for three months followed by special release conditions that he undergo alcohol and drug counselling.
He was indefinitely disqualified from driving. If he could prove he was fit to drive after a year, he must have a zero alcohol licence for three years.
Kylie Lewis Teruki, in his 40s, admitted doing an indecent act in sight of a woman on a New Plymouth street.
His lawyer Paul Keegan said Teruki was genuinely ashamed and said he would not do it again.
His victim was hopeful he would get help.
Teruki was sentenced to 9 months supervision coupled with 120 hours community work and ordered to attend substance abuse counselling.
He was given a final warning.
A Whanganui mother of six was sentenced to six months community detention after twice stabbing her Black Power partner during a drinking session that turned violent.
Jody Rita Cuff, 30, admitted two charges of wounding with intent when she grabbed a steak knife and stabbed her partner in his leg and chest.
The man suffered two 2cm-wide cuts.
Judge Roberts accepted there was a strong element of provocation from her partner.
Cuff told police she thought having a knife in her hand would keep him away.
Last year Cuff had spent eight months on home detention for an assault with intent after which she was assessed as having exemplary compliance, the judge said.
She now had four of her six children back in her care.
The judge described Cuff's partner as "an entrenched Black Power member" and had concerns at the ongoing nature of her relationship with him.
Police last attended a family violence matter between the two on September 27 but she did not make a complaint, the judge said.
He ordered that Cuff have no contact with her victim without the approval of her probation officer.
Cuff was also given a first strike warning.
Tairakia Moeahu escaped jail after his family clubbed together to pay reparation for two home burglaries and receiving an irreplaceable BMX.
Moeahu's share of reparation totalled $945.83.
In March, Moeahu paid one of the thieves who stole the limited edition BMX a packet of smokes for it.
In May he was involved in two burglaries of homes in Elder Grove and Whitby Pl.
In one burglary $15,000 worth of expensive property was stolen.
Moeahu, who had $3360 in unpaid fines, had 13 previous convictions and his progression to house burglaries were a matter of concern, the judge said.
It was his saving grace his family had clubbed together to help pay reparation.
"Were it not for your family you would be going to jail for 10 to 12 months," the judge said.
Moeahu was sentenced to 75 hours of community work, intensive supervision for 9 months to address his substance abuse and problem gambling.
His fines were remitted.
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