Police stop arranged fight following tip off
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.
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.
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.