Dope growers in court

Last updated 08:11 07/04/2014

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A cannabis grower who had four rifles but no licence has been given time to find someone to hand them over to rather than have them destroyed.

In the New Plymouth District Court last week, Darrin James Turtle admitted cultivating a small number of plants and having no firearms licence for his 12-gauge shotgun, BSA, Winchester and a .303. When the police asked for an order to destroy the firearms, Judge Allan Roberts asked that Turtle, who was representing himself, be given an opportunity to talk to the firearms officer to see if he could find a friend with a licence who could take them over.

David Brian Slape pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and four charges of unlawful possession of pistols. He denied possessing the cannabis for supply.

Slape was remanded until May 27 for a callover.

  • Bryce Raymond Rea told the court he grew cannabis because he was sick of buying it.

Judge Roberts said Rea was repeat offender and would go to jail if he offended again.

"You stick a seed or a clone in the ground again and you are going to jail," the judge said.

Rea was given 250 hours community work and a final warning.

  • First time offender Graeme Michael Bailey admitted cultivating cannabis and handed over a lawyer's letter to the judge in his support.

Judge Roberts said the letter was "on the money", noting Bailey was a first offender. Bailey was fined $600 and court costs of $130.

"I'll pay it now," Bailey said.

  • Invalid beneficiary Aaron Jay South was sentenced to 6 months jail and given special release conditions to deal with his alcohol and drug problem.

South had taken a double dose of his weekend methadone before becoming violent with his mother.

She rang police for help but South armed himself with knives and hid himself in the bushes.

South pleaded guilty to two assaults with a weapon.

His lawyer Kylie Pascoe said South had been in custody since February 2. He had significant family support.

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