Woman injured as car rolls down bank
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.
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.
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.