Birth­day hi­jinks end in in­jury, court

Young de­fen­dant re­ceives 18 months com­mu­nity de­ten­tion

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Air­gun ac­cused ‘lost a good friend’

Alexan­dra labourer An­thony McLel­lan, 18, who shot his friend in the leg with an air­gun, plead guilty to caus­ing bod­ily in­jury by care­lessly us­ing a firearm and dis­charg­ing the air­gun with a reck­less dis­re­gard for the safety of oth­ers on July 26. McLel­lan’s lawyer, Tim Cado­gan, told the court how McLel­lan had bought the air­gun for his birth­day and had spent the day at a ho­tel drink­ing with friends, in­clud­ing the vic­tim, be­com­ing ‘‘grossly in­tox­i­cated’’. He had not pur­posely aimed the gun at the vic­tim, Mr Cado­gan said. ‘‘He has lost a good friend . . . he has ac­cepted it is his own fault . . . It shows how stupid and point­less this whole episode was. ‘‘The de­fen­dant was cel­e­brat­ing his 18th birth­day and got him­self drunk and, for some un­known rea­son, got the gun and started fir­ing.’’ Judge Fred McEl­rea sen­tenced McLel­lan to four months’ com­mu­nity de­ten­tion with a daily cur­few of 8pm to 6am, 150 hours’ com­mu­nity work, eight months’ su­per­vi­sion and or­dered pay­ment of $1250 repa­ra­tion.

Le­gal highs caus­ing prob­lems

Le­gal highs were to blame for a young of­fender whose crimes ‘‘avalanched’’, lawyer Kieran To­hill said. Adam David Low, 23, pleaded guilty to three theft charges, in­clud­ing steal­ing more than $11,000 of jew­ellery, some fam­ily heir­looms, from his friend’s mother. The court was told how Low went to his friend’s home in Alexan­dra, where he lived with his mother be­tween Oc­to­ber 19 and Novem­ber 11, 2012, and stole jew­ellery from the mother’s bed­room. He sold the items to buy­ers in Dunedin. He was also con­victed for steal­ing gold-bear­ing sand be­long­ing to South­ern Earth­works Ltd be­tween May 9 and Au­gust 26 while work­ing for the com­pany. He was also charged with re­ceiv­ing stolen tools val­ued at about $400 on or about April 3, 2012. He was re­manded on the three charges un­til De­cem­ber 3.

As­sault on a woman and bit­ing

A Saudi Ara­bian trainee air traf­fic con­troller got drunk, as­saulted a woman on a dance­floor then bit a bouncer, the Queen­stown Dis­trict Court was told on Mon­day. Me­shal Mo­hammed Al­waal, 22, of Palmer­ston North, ap­peared be­fore Judge Kevin Phillips and en­tered guilty pleas to in­de­cent as­sault and as­sault with in­tent to in­jure on Au­gust 11. Sergeant Ian Collin said the stu­dent was in Sky­bar danc­ing with oth­ers at the same time as another group that in­cluded the fe­male vic­tim. He tried to dance with the group but was asked to leave but he stepped in, pulled the vic­tim to­wards him and forced his tongue into her mouth. Another mem­ber of the group struck Al­waal, who grabbed the woman and re­fused to let go or leave when a door man ar­rived. Staff had to re­move Al­waal, who strug­gled and bit a bouncer’s bi­cep, leav­ing teeth marks and draw­ing blood. He was re­manded on bail for sen­tence in In­ver­cargill Dis­trict Court on Novem­ber 4.

As­sault with in­tent to use weapon

Tyson Al­lan Wil­liam Sun­der­land, 18, of Lake Hawea, was re­manded for sen­tence on Novem­ber 18 for as­sault with in­tent to in­jure, as­sault and pos­sess­ing an of­fen­sive weapon that, prima fa­cie, showed an in­ten­tion to use it to cause bod­ily in­jury on Septem­ber 6. He was in­volved in a group as­sault on two sets of vic­tims in Wanaka.

As­sault and dis­or­derly be­hav­iour

Clin­ton James Hepi, 41, of Fern­hill, was re­manded on bail for sen­tence on Novem­ber 19 for as­sault and dis­or­derly be­hav­iour that was likely in the cir­cum­stances to cause vi­o­lence against per­sons to start on Septem­ber 21.

Drink-driv­ing caus­ing in­jury

Christo­pher Philip Duffield, 25, bouncer, was sen­tenced to three months’ home de­ten­tion, 125 hours’ com­mu­nity work, dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 13 months and or­dered to pay $3600 repa­ra­tion for caus­ing bod­ily in­jury while driv­ing with a blood al­co­hol level of 135mg on June 21. The court was told he de­cided to drive from his home to town for food but lost con­trol on a mod­er­ate bend and crashed down a bank where the ve­hi­cle rolled. His girl­friend was in the pas­sen­ger seat and suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries, in­clud­ing a frac­tured knee, cracked ribs and a bro­ken pelvis. Judge Phillips said it was luck that no-one was killed, and the pub­lic needed to be aware that the court con­sid­ered the of­fend­ing sternly.

Aussie tourists fined

Aus­tralian tourists who of­fended in New Zealand could ex­pect to have each case dealt with on merit af­ter another vis­i­tor was fined for as­sault in Queen­stown, the judge said. Ryan Neil Brown, 25, of Perth, was or­dered to pay $3000 emo­tional harm repa­ra­tion for as­sault and rob­bing a man’s $600 Sam­sung phone on Septem­ber 21. Judge Phillips re­ferred to re­cent cases in which Aussie visi­tors were fined be­cause of the likely cost to the tax­payer of foot­ing the bill for home de­ten­tion or jail. Brown, an ac­coun­tant, was talk­ing about ‘‘MI6’’ in­volve­ment when he snatched a mo­bile phone, the court was told. He struck a man from be­hind and ag­gres­sively asked for the phone, telling the owner that he was go­ing to kill him. The vic­tim and a by­s­tander then chased the rob­ber to­wards the Me­mo­rial Hall and con­fronted him but he re­acted ag­gres­sively, pushed them and then threw the phone. The judge said there seemed to be a pat­tern of peo­ple fronting up with money but this was not go­ing to hap­pen again.

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