Man threatened to put woman in car boot

STAFF REPORTER
Last updated 07:45 24/01/2013

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An unemployed man threatened to tie up a Temuka woman and throw her in a car boot, the Timaru District Court heard yesterday.

Eugene Maurice Tehuia, 24, was convicted on charges of assaulting a female, wilful damage, two charges of assault, assault with a weapon, threatening to kill and two charges of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

On June 29, last year Tehuia became agitated when an associate was using a cellphone.

He grabbed the phone, crushed it and threw it on the floor. He then pushed the victim in the side of the head.

He went to the kitchen and grabbed an extension cord and said he was going to kill himself, then said he was going to tie the victim up and put her in the car boot.

Eventually he took the victim's car and dumped it at a river bed north of Temuka.

On Monday this week he went to the victim's home in Temuka and began arguing about the charges he faced. She tried to call for her help on her cellphone which he took and then she got into her car to drive him to Timaru.

He pushed her out of the driver's seat and threatened to kill her and drove at her, stopping just one metre in front of her.

He was convicted and remanded in custody to March 12 for sentencing.

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Breaching a protection order 10 minutes after it was given cost a Timaru man seven days' jail.

Engineer Dean Geoffrey Smallridge, 33, was given a protection order at 10.50pm and had breached it by 11pm by ringing the victim's father repeatedly. He pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching a protection order.

Judge Joanna Maze sentenced him to seven days' imprisonment. He was warned another breach would lead to a longer jail term.

OTHER MATTERS

Jamie Thomas Maguire, 22, fisherman of Tinwald; theft (two charges), burglary, found without reasonable excuse in a yard, dishonestly taking a motor vehicle, driving while forbidden, breach of release conditions - two years' imprisonment.

Zachary Tony Bartholomew Van de Wiel, 19, builder of Timaru; careless driving - fined $250.

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- The Timaru Herald

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