Teen drug dealer pleads guilty

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

An Al­bert Town teenager pleaded guilty to se­ri­ous drug deal­ing charges af­ter ama­jor un­der­cover po­lice bust in Wanaka. Monty Archie Vass, 19, a kitchen hand, ap­peared be­fore Judge Christina Cook in Queen­stown Dis­trict Court on a raft of drugdeal­ing charges for al­leged of­fences com­mit­ted be­tween July and Oc­to­ber. Amend­ments were made to the charges as orig­i­nally laid be­fore guilty pleas were en­tered. Vass pleaded guilty to con­spir­ing to sup­ply MDMA (ec­stasy), two charges of of­fer­ing to sup­ply MDMA, sup­ply­ing MDMA, procur­ing MDMA, six charges of of­fer­ing to sup­ply Ri­talin, sup­ply­ing Ri­talin, procur­ing Ri­talin, five charges of of­fer­ing to sup­ply cannabis, two charges of sup­ply­ing cannabis, procur­ing to sell cannabis and of­fer­ing to sell cannabis. Sergeant Ian Collin said on Septem­ber 13 Vass sold 2g of MDMA to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $900, he said. Vass was con­victed and re­manded for sen­tence on March 24 in Queen­stown. Eight peo­ple have been ar­rested so far af­ter the un­der­cover op­er­a­tion into an al­leged Wanaka drug ring.

Wife as­saulted

A Queen­stown man was granted fi­nal name sup­pres­sion af­ter be­ing sen­tenced for se­ri­ously as­sault­ing his wife. The 22-year-old was sen­tenced to 12 months’ su­per­vi­sion for be­ing a male as­sault­ing a fe­male be­tween Jan­uary last year and De­cem­ber 29. The court was told the vic­tim was at her par­ents-in-law’s home in Jan­uary when an ar­gu­ment started with her hus­band, who slapped her. In De­cem­ber there was another ar­gu­ment and he threw a vase, which hit her head. He then punched her in the stom­ach, threw a child’s walker at her and struck her on the head. The as­sault con­tin­ued, he banged her head against a wall and shoved a cof­fee ta­ble at her legs, cut­ting her foot. The cou­ple’s nine-month-old son wit­nessed the as­sault and the woman suf­fered a sore head and pain to her stom­ach. Spe­cial con­di­tions in­cluded at­tend­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence pro­gramme and any other pro­gramme as ap­pro­pri­ate. Lawyer So­nia Vi­dal said there were no on­go­ing phys­i­cal ef­fects for the vic­tim.

Black­mailer con­victed

A mother of two who tried to black­mail a man who slept with her sis­ter was con­victed and re­manded for sen­tence. Moetahi Walker, 27, masseuse, was charged with ex­pressly threat­en­ing to make an ac­cu­sa­tion with in­tent to cause the vic­tim to act to ob­tain a ben­e­fit, namely $6000, on De­cem­ber 19. A sum­mary of facts said a 39-year-old Turk­ish man had sex with Walker’s 18-year-old sis­ter then drove her home. The teenager had a sheet wrapped around her waist and was ques­tioned by her older sib­ling, who formed the opin­ion the ac­tions amounted to rape. She sent a text mes­sage pre­tend­ing to be her sis­ter and told the vic­tim she wanted to meet at a house in Man St. When he ar­rived she took dig­i­tal photographs of his face, yelled at him and ac­cused him of rape. He left and 15 min­utes later re­ceived a text mes­sage ask­ing him to re­turn. Walker got into his car and drove to Thomp­son St, where she told him there were two ways to deal with the sit­u­a­tion – ei­ther he went to jail and was de­ported or he could pay $6000 com­pen­sa­tion. He told her he did not have that kind of money and she sug­gested he paid $200 a week with the first pay­ment start­ing on Christ­mas Day. Over the next few days Walker sent texts re­mind­ing him of the meet­ing but he did not re­ply. Even­tu­ally he sent a mes­sage say­ing she was the crim­i­nal, he was not go­ing to pay and to go to the po­lice. She then rang 111. Judge Cook con­victed and re­manded Walker for sen­tence on Fe­bru­ary 24.

Brazz ex-staffer con­victed

A for­mer Queen­stown wait­ress was con­victed for steal­ing more than $3000 from her em­ployer, who in­stalled CCTV cam­eras when the till was left short. Kim Abra­hams, 24, South African na­tional, of Fern­hill, ap­peared for an ap­pli­ca­tion for a dis­charge with­out con­vic­tion for theft in a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship last year. She was con­victed and or­dered to come up for sen­tence if called upon within six months. She worked as a wait­ress at Brazz in Queen­stown and started steal­ing money in May us­ing two meth­ods. She iden­ti­fied cash-pay­ing cus­tomers, en­tered ‘‘no sale’’ dur­ing trans­ac­tions then re­moved cash from the till. She also voided sales af­ter giv­ing change to cash-pay­ing cus­tomers, kept amen­tal note of how much was voided then re­moved money from the till. A man­ager who be­came sus­pi­cious in­stalled CCTV in the bar and she was spot­ted re­mov­ing cash from the till. Lawyer Mike Newell said his client re­paid $2500 to her for­mer em­ployer by Christ­mas. The court was told she was likely to face de­por­ta­tion.


Jack­son James Todd, 26, stone­ma­son, of Glenorchy, was sen­tenced to 18 months’ in­ten­sive su­per­vi­sion with ap­pro­pri­ate drug and al­co­hol coun­selling for a bur­glary at Glenorchy Lodge on Jan­uary 2, and con­victed and dis­charged for pos­ses­sion of cannabis and pos­ses­sion of in­stru­ments on Jan­uary 3.

Male as­saults fe­male

Jonathan Herbert Robert­son, 41, was sen­tenced to 20 months’ in­ten­sive su­per­vi­sion, in­clud­ing a drug and al­co­hol as­sess­ment and a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence pro­gramme, and 175 hours’ com­mu­nity work for be­ing a male as­sault­ing a fe­male. He re­peat­edly punched the vic­tim, who suf­fered two black eyes, se­vere bruis­ing and a bro­ken nose. Judge Cook also im­posed a pro­tec­tion or­der and emo­tional harm repa­ra­tion of $500.


Sean David Thomas, 25, re­searcher, of Fern­hill, Zachary John Mar­wick, 25, com­puter pro­gram­mer, and Wil­liam David Shanks, 23, plumber, were each fined $450 for be­hav­ing in a dis­or­derly man­ner that was likely in the cir­cum­stances to cause vi­o­lence to con­tinue, Jan­uary 8. Thomas was also con­victed and dis­charged for ob­tain­ing by de­cep­tion af­ter re­fus­ing to pay for a taxi fare to Fern­hill on De­cem­ber 21.


Ni­cholas Myles Robert­son, 35, plumber, of Lug­gate, was con­victed and fined $500 for cul­ti­va­tion of cannabis and pos­ses­sion of cannabis, De­cem­ber 1.

Re­fused spec­i­men

Ned Ed­ward Reo Web­ster, 31, labourer, was fined $1000 and dis­qual­i­fied for eight months for re­fus­ing to per­mit a blood spec­i­men un­der the Lane Trans­port Act, Jan­uary 17.

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