Po­lice stop ar­ranged fight fol­low­ing tip off

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

ex­er­cise, but was dis­ap­pointed he had been de­clared ‘dead’ on ar­rival at the ma­rina.

Queen­stown Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Scott Pater­son said the emer­gency train­ing ex­er­cise oc­curred ev­ery two years, with dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios cho­sen each time.

No Face­book fight

Cen­tral Otago po­lice are cracking down on fights or­gan­ised through so­cial net­work­ing web­sites be­fore they gain trac­tion.

Se­nior Sergeant Ian Ker­risk said po­lice would take a ‘‘hard­line ap­proach’’ to any such fights af­ter an in­ci­dent near Alexan­dra on Sun­day.

At 12.20pm po­lice had a tip-off that a fight had been ar­ranged through Face­book to be held at a ru­ral area near Alexan­dra be­tween a 42-year-old man and a group of teenagers, he said.

‘‘A 42-year-old Alexan­dra man was spo­ken to by po­lice . . . and given ad­vice about the con­se­quences if he chose to con­tinue with his in­tended ac­tions. To his credit he took that ad­vice on board and left the area.’’

Sev­eral cars con­tain­ing young people were also stopped in the area and al­though they de­nied knowl­edge of the fight, they were given sim­i­lar ad­vice, he said.

‘‘This is some­thing that po­lice will not tol­er­ate. If we be­come aware of people try­ing to set up fights via Face­book we will in­ves­ti­gate with the view of putting those in­volved be­fore the courts.’’

Poor driv­ing on a dan­ger­ous road

A 24-year-old rental car cleaner who took a $50,000 ve­hi­cle be­long­ing to his em­ployer with­out per­mis­sion then crashed it was sen­tenced on Mon­day.

Stephen Ed­ward Cooper, 24, was disqual­i­fied from driv­ing for six months and or­dered to pay $5000 repa­ra­tion when he ap­peared in the Queen­stown District Court yes­ter­day be­fore Judge Christina Cook for un­law­fully tak­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing in­jury on May 1.

Cooper, an over­seas na­tional, was work­ing for Thrifty Car Rentals in Queen­stown and was re­spon­si­ble for clean­ing the ve­hi­cles and trans­fer­ring them from Queen­stown Air­port to the com­pany de­pot.

On April 30, Cooper took a $50,000 Toy­ota High­lander home with him af­ter fin­ish­ing a shift. A friend in In­ver­cargill called Cooper ask­ing him to pick him up. Cooper drove the ve­hi­cle and met his friend in Lums­den. On the way back to Queen­stown he lost con­trol on a blind bend, crashed through a bar­rier and went 30 me­tres down a ravine. He suf­fered a bro­ken leg and three bro­ken ribs and his pas­sen­ger suf­fered a bro­ken toe and chest abra­sions.

Cooper was un­able to work to pay off the cost of the ve­hi­cle, which was a write­off, as his work visa ex­pired on May 12. The judge said, ‘‘You had no right to take that ve­hi­cle . . . It was a poor piece of driv­ing on a dan­ger­ous piece of road.’’ She said it was up to the rental com­pany to take civil ac­tion to re­cover the re­main­ing costs, and gave Cooper four days to pay the repa­ra­tion.

As­sault with in­tent

Cody Lee Roker, 22, brick­layer, of Te­muka, was sen­tenced to 18 months’ in­ten­sive su­per­vi­sion, four and a half months’ com­mu­nity de­ten­tion with a cur­few be­tween 7pm and 5.30pm or­dered to pay a $1000 emo­tional harm pay­ment for as­sault with in­tent to in­jure on March 22.

Cody Mathew John Mar­shall, 22, of Te­muka, was re­manded un­til July 14 for sen­tenc­ing for in­jur­ing with reck­less dis­re­gard for his part in the as­sault. The judge or­dered a pre-sen­tence re­port for sen­tenc­ing.

As­sault with a weapon

Glen Cal­lum Leggett, 36, sen­tenced to 75 hours’ com­mu­nity work for as­sault with a weapon on April 1. Leggett was re­fused en­try into a bar be­cause of his level of in­tox­i­ca­tion and be­gan abus­ing a door­man be­fore hit­ting him in the head with a walk­ing stick. While the walk­ing stick had been part of a cos­tume Leggett was wear­ing, Leggett did use one as he was an in­com­plete para­plegic af­ter a paraglid­ing ac­ci­dent.

Il­le­gally sell­ing fish

John Be­van Mur­cott, fish­er­man, 36, was fined $1000 for il­le­gally pos­sess­ing 7 to 10kg of paua, rock lob­ster and as­sorted fin­fish for sale in con­tra­ven­tion of the Fish­eries Act.

Dis­or­derly be­hav­iour

Luiz Fer­nando Ribeiro Ju­nior, 36, kitchen hand, was or­dered to come up for sen­tence if called upon within six months for dis­or­derly be­hav­iour likely to cause vi­o­lence on March 30.

Un­law­ful hunt­ing

Daniel Robin Gerkin, 40, builder, of Ar­row­town, was fined $750 for un­law­fully hunt­ing on Mt Ni­cholas Sta­tion, near Queen­stown, on April 6.


Ash­ley Paul Coles, 19, en­gi­neer, re­manded un­til July 14 for sen­tence for pos­sess­ing cannabis and a bong, wil­ful dam­age and breach­ing com­mu­nity work, be­tween April 18 and May 16.

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