Most walk free af­ter sen­tences re­duced

Ar­row­town drug bash­ing counts scaled down Keep­ing his­tory alive in charm­ing Ar­row­town

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

Con­vic­tions against two Queen­stown men in­volved in a vi­o­lent group as­sault and kid­nap­ping have been quashed and sub­sti­tuted in the Ap­peal Court. Last year in the Queen­stown Dis­trict Court, Judge Kevin Phillips sen­tenced Brodie O’Rourke, 26, and Michael Phillip Coul­ter, 25, to jail for their part in an as­sault near Ar­row­town af­ter a night­club drug-deal went awry. O’Rourke’s con­vic­tion for ag­gra­vated wound­ing was quashed and sub­sti­tuted with a con­vic­tion for wound­ing with in­tent to in­jure. His sen­tence of three years and three months’ jail was re­duced to two years and three months’ jail. Coul­ter’s con­vic­tion for ag­gra­vated wound­ing was also quashed and sub­sti­tuted with wound­ing with in­tent to in­jure. His sen­tence of three years’ jail was re­duced to one year and nine months’ jail. Coul­ter had al­ready served 15 months of his sen­tence and be­cause his re­duced sen­tence was less than two years he was im­me­di­ately re­leased on the day of the ap­peal. Last month, O’Rourke, who was sen­tenced to 12 months’ con­cur­rent jail for kid­nap, ap­peared for his first New Zealand Pa­role Board hear­ing and was de­nied pa­role. The sub­sti­tuted sen­tence may al­ter his pa­role ap­pli­ca­bil­ity and he could ap­ply to be seen be­fore the next sched­uled ap­pear­ance in June. Other de­fen­dants con­victed or charged in re­la­tion to the of­fend­ing have had changes to their ini­tial sen­tences or charges dropped. Sa­muel Gor­don Coupe, 28, was sen­tenced to two years and nine months’ jail for wound­ing with in­tent to com­mit a theft by vi­o­lent means. He was dis­charged on a charge of kid­nap. How­ever, Jus­tice Chris­tian Whata al­lowed an ap­peal, re­duced Coupe’s charge to wound­ing with in­tent to in­jure and re­duced his sen­tence to one year and nine months’ jail. He has served his sen­tence. Af­ter Coupe’s suc­cess­ful ap­peal, other mem­bers of the group fol­lowed suit. Jonathan Charles Burke, 27, was sen­tenced to two years and two months’ jail for wound­ing with in­tent to com­mit a theft by vi­o­lent means. Jus­tice Ron­ald Young, in the High Court in In­ver­cargill, quashed that jail sen­tence last year, his con­vic­tion was re­duced to wound­ing with in­tent to in­jure and a sen­tence of four months’ home de­ten­tion was sub­sti­tuted. Daniel John Kis­sell was sen­tenced to eight months’ home de­ten­tion and 300 hours’ com­mu­nity work for wound­ing with in­tent to com­mit theft. His con­vic­tion was also sub­sti­tuted for one of wound­ing with in­tent to in­jure. Teenagers Brooke Sylvia Car­pen­ter and Char­lotte Amelia Spencer Dick­son were each dis­charged at In­ver­cargill Dis­trict Court in De­cem­ber on charges of ag­gra­vated wound­ing. Ms Car­pen­ter was also dis­charged on a charge of kid­nap­ping. Rachel Ma­ree Faul, 22, was also dis­charged on a charge of ag­gra­vated wound­ing but still faces charges of kid­nap­ping, reck­less driv­ing on Novem­ber 26, 2011, and a sep­a­rate drug sup­ply charge from Novem­ber 25. She is await­ing trial. The of­fend­ing re­lated to a drug deal gone wrong and a group as­sault on a man and woman at the Crown Range in­ter­sec­tion. A Dunedin woman with strong Ar­row­town ties and a love of his­tory has spent a year doc­u­ment­ing the his­toric cot­tages of Ar­row­town in pen­cil. Dianne Souness re­leased her book His­toric Cot­tages of Ar­row­town ear­lier this year, fea­tur­ing 37 ex­ist­ing cot­tages and ac­com­pa­ny­ing anec­dotes. She grew up hav­ing hol­i­days in Ar­row­town, stay­ing in many of the cot­tages while her par­ents built their own house. Later she moved there with her young fam­ily and spent the next 24 years liv­ing in the town. While liv­ing in Ar­row­town Mrs Souness spent time work­ing at the mu­seum and re­mem­bered the por­traits. How­ever, she did not do a lot of draw­ing. ‘‘It was a leisurely life of pic­nics ev­ery day at the river and gar­den­ing. Here (in Dunedin) I don’t have that and I picked I up again and I’m en­joy­ing it.’’ The book took a year to com­plete with about one week spent on each cot­tage. The in­for­ma­tion about each cot­tage came from the Lakes Dis­trict Mu­seum ar­chives and from lo­cal states­man Jack Reid who was ei­ther re­lated to some­one at al­most ev­ery cot­tage or knew them. In the fu­ture she hoped to have an ex­hi­bi­tion at the mu­seum. ● His­toric Cot­tages of Ar­row­town is avail­able from Lakes Dis­trict Mu­seum.

His­tory: Pittaway Cot­tage at 69 Buck­ing­ham St is one of 37 Ar­row­town cot­tages doc­u­mented by artist Dianne Souness in her bookHis­toric Cot­tage­sof Ar­row­town.

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