Woman in­jured as car rolls down bank

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

A 46-year-old woman is re­cov­er­ing from moder­ate back in­juries af­ter the ve­hi­cle she was in plum­meted 30 me­tres down a steep bank, re­quir­ing a he­li­copter winch.

St John Queen­stown sta­tion man­ager Craig Down­ing said am­bu­lance ser­vices re­sponded to a car over a bank near the 12 mile delta on the Queen­stownGlenorchy road at 3pm on Mon­day.

A sin­gle car, car­ry­ing two peo­ple, had veered off the road land­ing 30 me­tres down a steep bank.

One of the oc­cu­pants, a male in his twen­ties, man­aged to get out, clam­ber up the bank, and alert pass­ing traf­fic, he said.

The re­main­ing fe­male pas­sen­ger was trapped with moder­ate in­juries.

Am­bu­lance and fire crews from Queen­stown, Glenorchy and Frank­ton and the Lakes District Res­cue He­li­copter worked to free the woman, who was trapped for about an hour.

The res­cue he­li­copter was called in to pro­vide an air­lift to the in­jured woman, who was cut from the ve­hi­cle, be­cause of the com­plex­ity of the res­cue, Down­ing said.

‘‘With­out the use of the res­cue he­li­copter it would have put the pa­tient’s back at fur­ther risk.’’

The in­ci­dent high­lighted the im­por­tance of know­ing ex­actly where you are when trav­el­ling places and having some first aid knowl­edge, he said.

Be­cause it oc­curred in an area with no cell­phone re­cep­tion, it can take emer­gency ser­vices longer to re­spond and ar­rive at the scene.

The woman was treated at Lakes District Hos­pi­tal on Mon­day night while her male com­pan­ion was as­sessed for in­juries.

Aus­tralian po­lice staffer risks job

An Aus­tralian civil­ian po­lice em­ployee com­mit­ted in­sur­ance fraud dur­ing a ski trip to New Zealand, Queen­stown District Court was told.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice em­ployee Hong Lim, 26, of Mel­bourne, ap­peared be­fore Judge Tom Broad­more charged with mak­ing a false writ­ten state­ment to a de­tec­tive on Au­gust 23.

Sergeant Ian Collin said Lim was in New Zealand for a week’s hol­i­day and, on Fri­day, he re­ported to po­lice that his $450 GoPro cam­era was stolen on Au­gust 20.

He told po­lice he was ski­ing at The Re­mark­ables when a snow­boarder raced past and grabbed his cam­era and tripod. He said he chased the thief but failed to catch him and was un­able to give po­lice a de­scrip­tion.

As a Vic­to­ria Po­lice em­ployee he was sub­ject to Aus­tralian clear­ance and had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions in that ju­ris­dic­tion, Collin said.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view a de­tec­tive asked why he waited three days to re­port the mat­ter and ad­vised him of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion process and writ­ten state­ments.

’’It was at this point he ac­cepted he made up the story. He said the cam­era was stolen to make a claim on his travel in­sur­ance.’’

Lawyer Rachel Napier said her client was deeply sorry and re­gret­ful.

’’He is em­ployed full­time by the Vic­to­ria po­lice depart­ment – that is go­ing to have se­ri­ous con­se­quences.’’

Judge Broad­more said he was be­mused by the cir­cum­stances as Lim was pre­sum­ably uni­ver­si­tye­d­u­cated and was work­ing for an Aus­tralian jus­tice au­thor­ity.

’’What you have done is de­lib­er­ately and with pre­med­i­ta­tion com­mit­ted an in­sur­ance fraud.’’

Lim was fined $750 and or­dered to pay costs.

Night ‘n Day staffer stole ‘100 times’

A for­mer Night ’n Day staffer was sen­tenced to 200 hours’ com­mu­nity work for steal­ing from her em­ployer more than 100 times dur­ing a 13-month times­pan.

Ann Lor­raine Sam­son Me­len­ciano, 34, was jointly charged with theft while in a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship between March 1 and June 17 and con­victed last month by Judge Christina Cook in the Queen­stown District Court.

Me­len­ciano ap­peared for sen­tence be­fore Judge Broad­more, who said she ap­peared to be a ring­leader and in­structed other staff mem­bers how to steal stock and pre­tend to charge for items. The ex­tent of the over­all loss was im­pos­si­ble to de­ter­mine but the store owner con­sid­ered the sum was a lot more than a repa­ra­tion fig­ure of $1346.

The ef­fect was not just mon­e­tary but staff morale suf­fered and time was spent in­ves­ti­gat­ing the of­fend­ing, the judge said.

‘‘What you did was fa­cil­i­tate the theft of stock for your­self and oth­ers by mak­ing it look as though goods were prop­erly paid for by eftpos when that was not the case. Other staff mem­bers showed you how to do that and you in turn showed [a co-of­fender] how to do it.

’’Theft from em­ploy­ers is always re­garded se­ri­ously. Em­ploy­ers have no al­ter­na­tive but to trust, you be­trayed that trust.’’

Me­len­ciano was also or­dered to pay $1346 repa­ra­tion.

Drug im­por­ta­tion

Matthew Richard Hill, 22, of Frank­ton, was con­victed and re­manded for sen­tence on Oc­to­ber 20 for im­port­ing ec­stasy into New Zealand on June 4.

Sergeant Ian Collin said Hill opened a post of­fice box in Frank­ton dur­ing April and in May he vis­ited an on­line store based in Europe and bought MDMA.

He ar­ranged for pay­ment of $400 into an over­seas ac­count, used an or­der num­ber as a ref­er­ence and re­quested the item sent to his PO box. On June 4 staff at the Auck­land Mail Cen­tre dis­cov­ered an en­ve­lope con­tain­ing 2 grams of MDMA. On June 16 he was in­ter­viewed and ad­mit­ted buy­ing the drug on­line.

Lawyer Dale Lloyd said her client was a young man who had never ap­peared be­fore a court and was sup­ported by his fam­ily and fi­ance.

Teenage dealer sen­tenced

Ge­orge McCrostie, 18, of Lower Sho­tover, was sen­tenced to two months’ com­mu­nity de­ten­tion, 80 hours’ com­mu­nity work for of­fer­ing to sell cannabis between De­cem­ber 28 and Jan­uary 16, and between De­cem­ber 1 and Jan­uary 16, and procur­ing cannabis plant between Jan­uary 3 and 20.

Po­lice ap­plied for a pro­duc­tion or­der for cell­phone text mes­sages in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary showed McCrostie was in­volved in the dis­tri­bu­tion of cannabis. He was us­ing com­mon ter­mi­nol­ogy, re­fer­ring to ounces, $50 bags and $20 bags. On De­cem­ber 28 he of­fered to sell 1 ounce for $400 and in Jan­uary he of­fered to sell bags of cannabis.

Photo: JAMES AL­LAN

Dif­fi­cult ex­trac­tion: Emer­gency work­ers free a woman from her ve­hi­cle af­ter it landed up­side down, 20 me­tres down a bank off the Glenorchy-Queen­stown Rd. She was lifted from the scene by he­li­copter.

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