Invercargill Work and Income office closed due to bomb threat, court told
An Invercargill student has been "let off" by a judge after threatening to blow up the city's Work and Income office.
Mitch Tame Kilkelly Hudson, 26, was home in Invercargill on July 25 when he rang Work and Income asking for financial support, a police summary of facts says.
He did not get the help he wanted and was abusive to the call taker, stating: "I'll blow yous all up."
Work and Income closed its Invercargill office until Hudson was located by police.
He told police he had been angry because he didn't get the help he wanted.
Duty lawyer Tanya McCullum said Hudson became frustrated because he was being sent "back and forwards" by Work and Income.
"He accepts this was inappropriate behaviour."
Judge Callaghan told Hudson he could not behave in such a manner in New Zealand and ordered him to come up for sentence within six months if called upon.
"You have been given a let off ... the ball's in your court."
The self confidence of a Southland Hospital security guard took a hit when he was punched by an extremely intoxicated patient in the emergency department.
Assailant Martin Delaney Trent pleaded guilty to a charge of assault at the hospital on July 24.
Police prosecutor sergeant Rob Mills said a hospital security guard had been asked to monitor Trent after he became aggressive towards hospital staff at the emergency department.
Trent called the security guard over to him and punched him in the rib cage and tried to punch him in the head.
He later punched the security guard again, Mills said.
Duty lawyer Tanya McCullum said Trent had a history of alcohol related offending and had admitted to an alcohol problem.
"He doesn't remember what happened, he was highly intoxicated."
The judge said the security guard was taken by surprise and received a cut lip and couldn't eat or sleep for a time after the assault.
"It affected his confidence."
He sentenced Trent to nine months supervision and ordered him to do any counselling as ordered by probation.
"It's important you do something about your alcohol problems."
A Southland teenager who is addicted to synthetic cannabis has been told to apologise to his grandmother.
Matuakore Rewai Taylor-Templeton, 19, admitted a charge of wilful damage and was sentenced to 9 months supervision and ordered to undertake treatment for his drug addiction as ordered.
Duty lawyer Tanya McCullum said Taylor-Templeton was addicted to synthetic cannabis.
The teen is booked into a Christchurch treatment centre for "medical detox", the judge was told during the hearing.
Taylor-Templeton had asked his grandmother for money to buy cigarettes, but he became angry when she said she would buy them for him rather than give him the money.
She suspected he would use the money to buy synthetic cannabis.
He became angry and punched and kicked holes in walls of the house and smashed a television set.
He told police he had "gone a bit weird" when withdrawing from synthetic cannabis.
When sentencing the teen, the judge said: "Apologise to your grandmother as well."
Rural victims of a Southland burglar fear he will return to their properties to steal again.
Daniel Francis Woods was sentenced to 31 months' prison for six burglaries, receiving stolen property, unlawfully being in a building, operating a vehicle with sustained loss of traction, resisting police, assaulting police and breaching probation conditions.
He was ordered to pay $950 reparation to his victims.
Duty lawyer Tanya McCullum said the burglaries were of farm work shops in Southland and there had been no confrontations with any of the victims.
Woods had stolen tools from the farm sheds, such as chainsaws, McCullum said.
Judge Callaghan said the children of one of the rural victims believed the burglar would return and steal their own property.
Another victim's family felt "very uneasy" about being targets and another family burgled by Woods were worried they would be burgled again.
A Southland cleaner who stole medication drugs from one of his company's clients has been granted final name suppression.
The man applied for final name suppression and a discharge without conviction after admitting two charges of thieving the medication from a house he was cleaning at.
He told police he had an addiction to painkillers and had recently relapsed.
Judge Callaghan said employers were entitled to know the people they employed had not breached the trust of their customers, so he declined the man's application for a discharge without conviction.
However, the judge granted the man final name suppression, given he had suffered a breakdown, he was addressing his addiction and it would have an adverse effect on his children and the business he had worked for.
The man had resigned from his job, the judge said.
He sentenced the man to nine months supervision.
Daniel Philip Diack, sentenced to three months home detention, disqualified from driving for 16 months and ordered to pay $1798 reparation for receiving stolen property, 2x reckless driving, possessing a cannabis plant, 2x attempting to intimidate, failing to stop for police and failing to give his information.