‘Un­pro­voked’ as­saults

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Grant brothers stung

Two brothers en­tered guilty pleas to se­ri­ous biose­cu­rity breaches af­ter scor­pi­ons were smug­gled into Queen­stown from Aus­tralia. James Alexan­der Grant, 24, elec­tri­cian of Ar­row­town and his brother Matthew Stuart Grant, 23, builder, ap­peared be­fore Judge Michael Turner in the Queen­stown Dis­trict Court charged with, re­spec­tively, pos­ses­sion and dis­posal of scor­pi­ons and pos­ses­sion and sale of scor­pi­ons. Two oth­ers, Iszac Wil­liam Wal­ters, 23, and a fourth man, faced charges of breach­ing the Biose­cu­rity Act af­ter six Black Rock scor­pi­ons were smug­gled from Aus­tralia through Christchurch Air­port and then into Queen­stown. The brothers were con­victed and re­manded for sen­tence on Novem­ber 18 while Wal­ters will be sen­tenced in Christchurch on De­cem­ber 11.

Dance­floor as­sault

Sa­muel James Cor­son, 21, of Fern­hill was con­victed and re­manded on bail when he ap­peared in the Queen­stown Dis­trict Court for in­jur­ing with reck­less dis­re­gard for the safety of oth­ers on July 14. The judge called for a pre-sen­tence re­port to in­clude home de­ten­tion as an op­tion but said this was no in­di­ca­tion of the out­come. ‘‘Jail is the start­ing point; it’s for the judge on the day to de­ter­mine if it’s also an end point,’’ he said. The court was told Cor­son twice punched the vic­tim, who did not know Cor­son, on the dance floor of Sky­Bar. The vic­tim suf­fered mul­ti­ple frac­tures, in­clud­ing a bro­ken eye socket, a bro­ken nose and col­lapsed si­nus and needed surgery to in­sert three metal plates in his face. He was re­manded on bail for sen­tence on Novem­ber 18.

As­sault with a weapon

Chloe Joy Hogg, 21, of Fern­hill, was sen­tenced to 10 weeks’ com­mu­nity de­ten­tion, 80 hours’ com­mu­nity work and nine months’ su­per­vi­sion when she ap­peared for sen­tence for as­sault with a weapon on June 21. The court was told she threw a bot­tle, hit­ting the vic­tim in the head, then threw a burn­ing can­dle caus­ing hot wax to spill on his face and cloth­ing. ‘‘This was an un­pro­voked as­sault and you are for­tu­nate that no in­jury was sus­tained,’’ Judge Turner said. Jemmah Lizanne Shelling, 22, of Fern­hill, was sen­tenced to six months’ su­per­vi­sion and or­dered to pay $600 emo­tional harm repa­ra­tion for three counts of as­sault, July 6. She as­saulted two men in a bar and a third out­side the premises, punch­ing, scratch­ing and lash­ing out at the vic­tims’ heads, faces and necks, the court was told. Judge Turner said the as­saults were un­pro­voked and he was not sat­is­fied Shelling fully ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for her be­hav­iour. A con­vic­tion would not nec­es­sar­ily pre­clude her from em­ploy­ment in other coun­tries and an ap­pli­ca­tion for a dis­charge with­out con­vic­tion was de­clined.

Two more of Gore’s finest

Two Gore men were ar­rested for bur­glary af­ter break­ing into a bar to score more booze. Se­nior Sergeant Al­lan Grindell said the two men, aged 22 and 23, had been drink­ing at a back­pack­ers’ hos­tel on Satur­day night when they ran out of al­co­hol. The two men then broke into a neigh­bour­ing bar and stole a 30 litre keg of beer, vodka and en­ergy drinks. In the process, they were spot­ted by the bar’s man­ager, who called po­lice.

Put down the phone

Tex­ting while on a plane de­scend­ing to land at Queen­stown air­port got a 31-year-old Alexan­dra man ar­rested upon land­ing.

Fam­ily feud

An In­ver­cargill man was ar­rested for dis­or­derly con­duct af­ter scuf­fling with his brother-in-law at Gorge Road in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing.

Sweet dreams

An in­tox­i­cated Aus­tralian who fell asleep in a taxi and couldn’t be wo­ken by the driver was even­tu­ally dropped off at the Queen­stown po­lice sta­tion, where he spent the re­main­der of his Satur­day night. A ‘‘grossly in­tox­i­cated’’ 21-year-old New Zealand woman liv­ing in Queen­stown also got the same treat­ment on Mon­day morn­ing. She was ‘‘ar­rested for her own good’’ and kept in po­lice cells af­ter be­ing found wan­der­ing Panorama Ter­race around 6am. She was cov­ered in mud and ‘‘lost and con­fused’’, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Chris Black­ford said.

Taxi driver as­saults

A sum­mons to ap­pear in court on as­sault charges was is­sued to a 72-year-old taxi driver on Fri­day. The al­leged as­sault ap­peared to have been com­mit­ted in Au­gust, and was al­legedly com­mit­ted on a pas­sen­ger the driver took in his taxi. Mean­while, a taxi driver as­saulted by a 25-year-old Aus­tralian man on Thurs­day night re­ceived a cut to the in­side of his lip. The Aus­tralian was held in po­lice cus­tody overnight but re­leased with a pre charge warn­ing on Fri­day, which was also the day he left New Zealand.

Drunk as, son

An ex­tremely in­tox­i­cated 14-year- old found won­der­ing on Cow Lane on Thurs­day night was taken into po­lice cus­tody. He was kept at the sta­tion un­til a fam­ily mem­ber was able to be con­tacted and was col­lected that night.

Crime fig­ures de­crease

Recorded crime in Queen­stown and Cen­tral Otago fell slightly in the past year al­though there were more pub­lic dis­or­der and sex­ual as­saults, the lat­est po­lice fig­ures show. The Otago ru­ral re­gion, which cov­ers Queen­stown Lakes, Cen­tral Otago and Waitaki dis­trict, had a 2.3 per cent de­crease in crime rates for the 12 months to the end of June. Over­all, the num­ber of of­fences was 4706, down from 4800. Bur­glary of­fences fell by 7 per cent, theftre­lated of­fend­ing re­duced by 9 per cent but pub­lic or­der in­creased by 5 per cent.

Cromwell sta­tion

Cromwell po­lice are in­ter­view­ing for a new watch house of­fi­cer and hope to fill the po­si­tion soon. Sergeant Si­mon Paget said he ap­pre­ci­ated the front counter’s spo­radic open­ing was an in­con­ve­nience and po­lice ap­pre­ci­ated peo­ple’s pa­tience.

St­ing in the tail: A Black Rock scor­pion.

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