Po­lice be­lieve they know iden­tity

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Grim dis­cov­ery

The badly de­com­posed re­mains of aman found in a car­a­van in a Cromwell hol­i­day park were those of miss­ing tran­sient Si­mon James Gar­rick. Po­lice were called to the Cromwell Top 10 Hol­i­day Park about 10.30am on Thurs­day af­ter a woman dis­cov­ered the body ly­ing on the floor of her car­a­van, which was in a se­cured stor­age com­pound at the rear of the park with about 100 other car­a­vans. De­tec­tive Sergeant Derek Shaw (pic­tured) said while the per­son was yet to be for­mally iden­ti­fied, sev­eral items found at the scene in­di­cated the body was that of Mr Gar­rick, 42, who had been miss­ing for about a year. A scene ex­am­i­na­tion com­pleted at the car­a­van by po­lice con­cluded the cir­cum­stances did not ap­pear to be sus­pi­cious and the mat­ter

was re­ferred to the coroner.

Jail sen­tence quashed

An Ir­ish builder jailed for re­fus­ing to pro­vide a blood spec­i­men un­der sus­pi­cion of drink-driv­ing has won an ap­peal against sen­tence. Fran­cis David Fitzger­ald, 28, was sen­tenced to four months and two weeks’ jail when he ap­peared be­fore Judge Michael Turner in Queen­stown Dis­trict Court last month. Jus­tice David Gen­dall in the In­ver­cargill High Court quashed the sen­tence and im­posed a sen­tence of three months’ home de­ten­tion, com­muted to two months and two weeks for time served. Fitzger­ald ad­mit­ted re­fus­ing to pro­vide a spec­i­men dur­ing the May 9 in­ci­dent. He was an­gry with a friend while drink­ing in Queen­stown and left the bar. A man­ager tried to take his car keys away but was un­suc­cess­ful and Fitzger­ald drove off. A se­cu­rity guard called po­lice, who spot­ted the ve­hi­cle with no lights on and swerv­ing be­fore stop­ping when the en­gine stalled. Fitzger­ald stum­bled from the car and re­fused to un­dergo a breath test, telling po­lice he did not hurt any­one and he was ‘‘a good guy’’. Court doc­u­ments say the con­vic­tion was his third re­lated to drink-driv­ing. Fitzger­ald, the di­rec­tor of a house build­ing com­pany, was sub­ject to an im­mi­gra­tion re­view likely to take 18 months af­ter ap­peal­ing against a de­por­ta­tion or­der. ‘‘Al­though I ac­cept that the of­fend­ing here was se­ri­ous with sig­nif­i­cant pub­lic safety con­cerns, it is my view that the dis­trict court judge erred in not as­sess­ing home de­ten­tion as a real al­ter­na­tive and the least re­stric­tive out­come avail­able to him in this case,’’ Jus­tice Gen­dall said. Or­ders to com­plete al­co­hol treat­ment and coun­selling and con­fis­ca­tion of a $47,000 Land Rover re­mained in place.

Tradies re­manded

Three Ir­ish tradies work­ing in Christchurch were re­manded on bail when they ap­peared in court af­ter a late-night bar brawl in Queen­stown. Ric­car­ton flat­mates An­thony Joseph Twomey, 25, con­crete worker, Eoin De­clan Egan, 24, con­crete worker, and Tony Wil­liam O’Sul­li­van, 25, block­layer, ap­peared be­fore a regis­trar in Queen­stown Dis­trict Court. All three were re­manded with­out plea to ap­pear in Queen­stown on Novem­ber 4. Twomey was charged with as­sault us­ing a pool cue as a weapon, as­sault­ing po­lice and as­sault; Egan was charged with as­sault and in­ten­tion­ally dam­ag­ing a van; and O’Sul­li­van was charged with as­sault. Po­lice said the men got into a fight at 1.45am on Sun­day in the Buf­falo Club when one al­legedly tried to smash a pool cue over another but missed, the cue broke and flew into a pa­tron’s face.

Dealer sen­tenced

A Fern­hill builder charged with drug deal­ing was sen­tenced to four months’ home de­ten­tion when he ap­peared in Queen­stown Dis­trict Court. Tom Adam Par­rant, 22, ap­peared be­fore Judge Turner for sen­tence for pos­ses­sion of cannabis for sale to per­sons over 18 on Au­gust 3. The court was told a po­lice check­point stopped Par­rant while driv­ing and no­ticed a knife in the car, which was searched and 27g of the drug was re­cov­ered. Of­fi­cers also found eight $50 zi­plock bags, another 6g of the drug and another large knife in the footwell of the car. Cash was re­cov­ered and another 40g of cannabis, scales and a bong were found at his house. Over­all, the po­ten­tial street value of the drug was be­tween $900 and $1000. Judge Turner said the de­fen­dant was an ac­tive drug dealer al­though a lower start­ing point for sen­tenc­ing was jus­ti­fied. He ac­cepted Par­rant used cannabis but dis­missed a claim that he was a chronic user and the drug was for per­sonal con­sump­tion.

Eng­land v. Ger­many

Bri­tain squared off against Ger­many in Queen­stown when two visi­tors got into a fight over a woman. Se­nior con­sta­ble Chris Black­ford, of Queen­stown, said a 26-year-old English man and a 23-year-old Ger­man man were ar­rested in The Mall and were both given pre-charge warn­ings. ‘‘New Zealand had to step in as a me­di­a­tor be­tween Eng­land and Ger­many.’’

Street brawl

Four Kiwi men were ar­rested on Satur­day for fight­ing and vi­o­lence of­fences fol­low­ing a brawl with bounc­ers at Bar Up. Two were charged with as­sault and the third was given a precharge warn­ing for dis­or­derly be­hav­iour.

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