Failed busi­ness up in smoke

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Ar­son­ist jailed

A Hun­gar­ian na­tional who planned to profit from his fail­ing Queen­stown busi­ness by burn­ing it down and claim­ing insurance has been sen­tenced to two years and nine months’ jail. Borisz Egri was found guilty at a jury trial in In­ver­cargill in Septem­ber on charges of ar­son of his Bala­ton Crepes mo­bile kitchen and dis­hon­estly try­ing to claim insurance off NZI. The 33-year-old’s pre­med­i­tated plan­ning and of­fend­ing was out­lined by Judge Kevin Phillips dur­ing sen­tenc­ing in In­ver­cargill last week. The judge said Egri’s res­i­dency ap­pli­ca­tion was de­clined in mid-2011 as a re­sult of his busi­ness be­ing a fail­ure. Egri tried to sell it but got no of­fers. So he started plan­ning to get out of his fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, the judge said. Egri drafted a let­ter from a fic­ti­tious per­son de­tail­ing how she would buy the mo­bile kitchen for $60,000. He sent the fic­ti­tious let­ter to his for­mer part­ner who had left New Zealand. The next day he re­newed his insurance pol­icy with NZI, the judge said. His for­mer girl­friend sent the fic­ti­tious let­ter to Egri’s real es­tate agent, who be­gan try­ing to sell the busi­ness, the judge said. Two days later Egri went to his car­a­van at 11pm and poured diesel and kerosene on the floor and set it alight. The car­a­van was ex­ten­sively dam­aged. Egri then lodged an insurance claim with NZI, the judge said.

P dealer sen­tenced

A Queen­stown metham­phetamine dealer has been sen­tenced to 10 months’ home de­ten­tion and 300 hours’ com­mu­nity work and fined $5000. Adam Paul Bam­ford, 33, was sen­tenced in the In­ver­cargill Dis­trict Court af­ter ad­mit­ting two charges of pos­sess­ing metham­phetamine, also known as P, for sup­ply, and one charge of pos­sess­ing co­caine. Judge Kevin Phillips said Bam­ford was caught by po­lice in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion called Op­er­a­tion Moses. The of­fend­ing in­volved Bam­ford re­ceiv­ing metham­phetamine pack­ages from a co-ac­cused and de­posit­ing thou­sands of dol­lars into the bank ac­count of the coac­cused. Bam­ford and his girl­friend at the time were both us­ing metham­phetamine, Judge Phillips said. ‘‘About half would have been for your own use and about half . . . sup­plied to oth­ers.’’ Bam­ford’s co-ac­cused had re­ceived a jail sen­tence, he said. One rea­son Bam­ford avoided jail was, had the case gone to trial, the Crown would have to rely on his co-ac­cused, and he was a hos­tile wit­ness, the judge said. Bam­ford pleaded guilty af­ter re­ceiv­ing a sen­tenc­ing in­di­ca­tion. Metham­phetamine was one of the most ma­li­cious drugs af­fect­ing young peo­ple and was be­hind some of the most hor­ren­dous crimes in New Zealand, Judge Phillips said. ‘‘But you were quite pre­pared to be in­volved in the in­dus­try and in its dis­tri­bu­tion.’’

Devil’s Stair­case smash

A 65-year-old Kingston man is fac­ing a dan­ger­ous driv­ing charge af­ter a ma­noeu­vre on State High­way 6 on Satur­day, po­lice say.

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