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Alexandra man, Gregory Naylor, gets two years’ jail for indecent images
said the Reeves were heavily involved in the project and had allowed the builder to begin with unapproved plans.
He claimed their direct involvement meant they were in a position to observe what was going on and how the work was being carried out.
The builder carried out the work only with reference to the unapproved preliminary plans, did not know where the approved plans were, and did not ask where they were, Parker said.
The inspector did not cause the loss and there were limits as to what an inspector could do, he said.
Random assault in Cromwell
The actions of two young men who randomly assaulted a patron of a Cromwell bar were part of an "epidemic" of unprovoked violence in New Zealand, Judge Stephen Coyle said in the Alexandra District Court last week.
Shannon William Brown, 26, labourer of Cromwell, and Te Rapi Rapi Billy Gordon Tumai-Totorewa, 24, forklift operator of Cromwell, appeared on assault charges.
The court was told the pair were drinking at the Golden Gate Lodge on April 6 when with no explanation they approached the victim in an aggressive and confrontational manner. "You and your friend grabbed him and the three of you fell to the ground. He was punched about the head, face and body," the judge said.
The pair continued to assault the victim – who was not known to them – while he was on the ground.
‘‘You appear to be part of what seems an epidemic in New Zealand where people get drunk, take a dislike to someone then without any provocation start laying into them. There is a fine line between street thuggery and you killing someone.’’
The victim, in a victim impact statement, said while he suffered no serious injuries, he remained ‘‘perplexed’’ as to why he was picked on, the judge said.
‘‘He says he will get over it, it will not cause him any long-term effects, but understandably expresses some surprise and concern he was simply going out for a good time and got set upon.’’
Brown was convicted and sentenced to three months of community detention, with a curfew of 7pm to 6am, seven days a week. He was also sentenced to six months of supervision and to attend a drug and alcohol programme.
Tumai-Totorewa was convicted and sentenced to three months’ community detention and a ‘‘weekend lock-down’’ curfew of 7pm to 7am.