Flood cou­ple or­dered to pay $3500

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Back­pack­ers pay flood ex­cess

Two Bri­tish back­pack­ers who caused a $60,000 in­sur­ance claim in Queen­stown were or­dered to pay ex­cesses to flooded businesses. Gre­gory Day, 24, and Kim Noar, 23, plead guilty to joint charges of in­ten­tion­ally dam­ag­ing the No­mads back­pack­ers sprin­kler sys­tem on Valen­tines Day when they ap­peared be­fore Judge Michael Turner in Queen­stown District Court. They were or­dered to pay the over­all ex­cess of $3500 for the businesses that flooded when, while dancing on a kitchen ta­ble at 4.15am, they de­cided to swing on a pipe, which burst and flooded No­mads, Devil Burger, Cup & Cake, Be­low Zero Ice Bar, Cow­boys and a con­ve­nience store. The in­sur­ance claim so far was $60,000, the court was told. Lawyer So­nia Vi­dal said the de­fen­dants fully co­op­er­ated and per­son­ally apol­o­gised to each of the businesses. ‘‘They are very remorseful for their ac­tions and had no ap­pre­ci­a­tion that their fool­ish­ness would cause such a wide ex­tent of dam­age.’’ Judge Turner said their ac­tions were not de­lib­er­ate but they were reck­less. ‘‘It’s an un­for­tu­nate end to your hol­i­day in this coun­try.’’ Sev­eral flooded businesses opened late or closed on Valen­tines Day, one of the busiest days of the year for Queen­stown re­tail stores. Day and Noar left New Zealand this week but the court was told the in­sur­ance com­pa­nies could pur­sue them in a civil li­a­bil­ity claim.

Un­der­cover bust dealer con­victed

A plas­terer ’’heav­ily in­volved’’ in drug deal­ing in Wanaka was con­victed and re­manded in cus­tody for sen­tence in April. Daniel Miller, 30, ap­peared for sen­tence for cannabis, ec­stasy and LSD of­fend­ing on dates be­tween Au­gust 1 and Oc­to­ber 18 last year. He was one of eight people ar­rested as part of an un­der­cover po­lice bust dubbed Oper­a­tion Vik­ing. Miller en­tered guilty pleas to 27 charges: 19 counts of sup­ply­ing or sell­ing cannabis, procur­ing Ri­talin, two counts of con­spir­ing to sup­ply cannabis, two charges of sup­ply­ing or sell­ing ec­stasy and three charges of of­fer­ing to sup­ply LSD on dates be­tween Au­gust 1 and Oc­to­ber 18. A sum­mary of facts said Miller was one of sev­eral people tar­geted by un­der­cover po­lice in Wanaka dur­ing late 2012 and last year, which in­cluded elec­tronic in­ter­cep­tion of phone calls and text mes­sages. Sergeant Ian Collin said un­der­cover of­fi­cers bought drugs di­rectly from people in Wanaka and po­lice re­cov­ered hun­dreds of LSD tabs and a large quan­tity of ec­stasy. Miller, who re­fused to an­swer ques­tions when ar­rested, was heav­ily in­volved in the sup­ply of con­trolled drugs in Wanaka, he said. Text mes­sages re­cov­ered from his phone de­tailed oc­ca­sions when he of­fered to source or sell drugs and in one pro­tracted text ex­change in late Septem­ber and early Oc­to­ber he con­spired to sup­ply cannabis and LSD. Lawyer Mike Newell said his client was a street-level dealer and was not in­volved in the sup­ply of drugs to other deal­ers. The largest quan­tity of cannabis sold was one ounce (28g) and the ec­stasy and LSD deals were limited to small amounts and sup­ply among friends or ac­quain­tances. ’’It’s not a sit­u­a­tion where he is high up the chain sup­ply­ing other deal­ers. Some of the texts even show he was try­ing to get out.’’ Judge Turner re­fused bail and re­manded Miller in cus­tody for sen­tence on April 7.

Black­mailer gets home de­ten­tion

Queen­stown woman who falsely ac­cused a man of rape af­ter he slept with her sis­ter was sen­tenced to nine months’ home de­ten­tion for black­mail. Moetahi Walker, 27, masseuse, (pic­tured) ap­peared for sen­tence for ex­pressly threat­en­ing to make an ac­cu­sa­tion with in­tent to cause the vic­tim to act to ob­tain a ben­e­fit, namely $6000, on De­cem­ber 19. Judge Turner said black­mail was an in­sid­i­ous and ab­hor­rent crime. ‘‘If you gen­uinely thought your sis­ter was un­law­fully taken ad­van­tage of then you would have gone to the po­lice but you saw this as an op­por­tu­nity to try and ex­tort some money out of a vis­i­tor to this coun­try.’’ Lawyer Mike Newell ar­gued for home de­ten­tion af­ter a Crown sub­mis­sion in favour of a start­ing point of two and a half years in jail. A sum­mary of facts said a 39-year-old Turk­ish man, a taxi driver, had con­sen­sual 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 vic­tim’s 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 pho­tos 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. Dur­ing the next few days, she 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 and re­ported a rape. The court was told he lost his job as a taxi driver and had left New Zealand.

Rob­bery ap­peal

Queen­stown po­lice need the pub­lic’s help to gather in­for­ma­tion about an al­leged rob­bery and as­sault of a taxi driver. A Green Cabs driver was al­legedly as­saulted by three men about 3.20am on Fe­bru­ary 5 af­ter driv­ing a male to the Queen­stown re­cre­ation grounds. The driver drove to Me­mo­rial St be­side the re­cre­ation ground af­ter his pas­sen­ger said he was meet­ing a friend to bor­row money to pay the fare. The pas­sen­ger went to use a pub­lic toi­let. When he failed to re­turn the driver went look­ing for him on foot, but was at­tacked and al­legedly robbed by the pas­sen­ger and two other men. Two of the men then took a cash box con­tain­ing about $700 in cash from the taxi. Po­lice want to talk to a man who re­ceived a tele­phone call about 3.15am and met the pas­sen­ger in the taxi at the Man St en­trance to the Queen­stown Lakes View Hol­i­day Park. Po­lice be­lieve the man, de­scribed as Cau­casian, of thin build, 175 cen­time­tres tall and hav­ing curly, dark, shoul­der-length hair, lives in the hol­i­day park. He was wear­ing a white T-shirt and half-length trousers. Po­lice are also keen to talk to a woman who used the taxi driver’s cell­phone to call Green Cabs at 4.32am, and a man de­scribed as a Maori or Poly­ne­sian, aged 20-25 years, of solid build and about 172cm in height. He had a slight limp. Two other men are also be­ing sought by po­lice. One was mus­cu­lar, with olive or dark skin, aged 25-30, 182cm tall with short, shaven hair and some fa­cial hair. He had num­bers on the back of his right hand. The other man was a Maori or Poly­ne­sian, aged about 20, about 172cm tall and of aver­age build. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Queen­stown po­lice on 03 441 1600 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 55511.

Forgery

Ri­iria Jade Tatana, 33, baker, of Wanaka, was con­victed and re­manded for sen­tence on March 24 for steal­ing a Tele­com New Zealand cell­phone, on July 15 last year, and know­ingly us­ing a forged New Zealand driver’s li­cence, be­tween Novem­ber 1 and Jan­uary 22 when she ap­peared in Queen­stown District Court this week. The court was told she trav­elled to Bangkok where she had ar­ranged for a cus­tom-made fake New Zealand driver’s li­cence. The li­cence was mis­placed and handed in to Wanaka Po­lice Sta­tion.

Us­ing a tele­phone

Ge­of­frey Matthew Hamil­ton, 71, of Hens­man Rd, was or­dered to come up for sen­tence if called upon within six months for us­ing a tele­phone threat­en­ingly, De­cem­ber 13.

Shoplift­ing

Sarah Ta­mara Geck, 23, Ger­man na­tional, was fined $200 for steal­ing gro­cery items from Fresh Choice val­ued at $42.46 on Fe­bru­ary 1.

Tres­pass

Man­ish Nadan, 18, stone­ma­son, of Fernhill, was or­dered to come up for sen­tence if called upon within six months for tres­pass­ing af­ter be­ing warned to leave on Fe­bru­ary 6.

Drink driv­ing

Mar­cus Philip Jones, 21, of Arthurs Pt, UK na­tional, was fined $1450 and disqual­i­fied for 12 months for driv­ing with an ex­cess blood al­co­hol level of 181mg and care­less use of a ve­hi­cle on De­cem­ber 26. Sonja Carnier, 43, of Fernhill, was fined $1200 and disqual­i­fied for nine months for driv­ing with an ex­cess blood al­co­hol level of 180mg on De­cem­ber 26. Jack Hardi­son Wright, 23, US na­tional, was fined $530 and disqual­i­fied for six months for driv­ing with an ex­cess breath al­co­hol level of 527mcg on Fe­bru­ary 20. Joel Vin­cent Climo, 19, of Lake Hayes Es­tate, was fined $370 and disqual­i­fied for three months, 377mcg, Fe­bru­ary 22. Paula Marie Lam­bert, 45, of Wanaka, was fined $450 and disqual­i­fied for six months, 450mcg, Fe­bru­ary 1.

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