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Synthetic cannabis led to bad behaviour

Last updated 05:00 04/04/2014

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A Timaru teen blames his abusive behaviour on withdrawal symptoms from synthetic cannabis.

Shaydon Mark Speir, 18, appeared in the Timaru District Court yesterday on a raft of charges including male assaults female, intentional damage (three charges), breach of a suppression order, breach of bail and breach of community work. He appeared before Judge Joanna Maze.

The offending took place in September 2013. It started with an argument. A series of events then followed.

"You ... pushed [the victim] to the ground so she couldn't leave, dragged her by [her] clothing, threw a frame at a wall ... pushed the victim on a bed, punched her in her right arm ... threw a pram through a closed window, damaging it; and the victim was ultimately left with damage to the window and bruising to her arm," Judge Maze said.

"You said it was the product of withdrawal symptoms from synthetic cannabis."

However, Judge Maze said Speir appeared to have changed his ways by seeking help for his anger issues. She also took into consideration Speir had apologised to his victim.

"You are remorseful."

She said although she accepted his remorse, he still needed to face repercussions for his actions.

On the charges of male assaults female and intentional damage he was convicted and sentenced to three months' community detention. He was also sentenced to nine months' supervision and ordered to take part in drug and alcohol counselling and the South Canterbury violence intervention programme.

He was ordered to pay $500 reparation. On the charge of breach of bail, he was convicted and discharged.

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- The Timaru Herald

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