Teen drug dealer pleads guilty
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.
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.
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.
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.