Rugby 7s repa­ra­tion ‘‘be­ing paid’’

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

The ex-de­tec­tive con­victed of de­fraud­ing the New Zealand Pub Char­ity 7s tour­na­ment has said he is re­pay­ing court-or­dered repa­ra­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Jus­tice, Richard An­der­son, 53, has not re­paid fully $48,601 or­dered by Judge Michael Turner two years ago.

An­der­son, on Mon­day, said he was pay­ing the repa­ra­tion.

‘‘I am pay­ing it back and I in­tend to pay the whole lot back. I’ve moved on, I’m try­ing to move on. I have two young boys and it af­fects them.

‘‘I’m just wait­ing to see what hap­pens. I’m pay­ing it back. Now it’s res­ur­rected ev­ery­thing again. Frig­gin’ hell. I am­mov­ing on. I’m try­ing to move for­ward.’’

An­der­son de­clined to com­ment on the out­stand­ing bal­ance, say­ing that was be­tween him and the Min­istry of Jus­tice. He was sentenced to 10 months’ home de­ten­tion when he ap­peared in Queen­stown Dis­trict Court on Septem­ber 10, 2012 charged with three counts of by de­cep­tion and with­out claim of right caus­ing a loss to the Pub Char­ity Na­tional Sevens.

He was or­dered by Judge Michael Turner to re­pay $48,601 within two years.

A Min­istry of Jus­tice spokesman con­firmed that An­der­son has not re­paid repa­ra­tion in full.

‘‘The Queen­stown Dis­trict Court is con­sid­er­ing other ac­tion,’’ the spokesman said.

Queen­stown Dis­trict Court re­ferred The South­land Times to the Col­lec­tions unit, whose In­ver­cargill-based man­ager re­ferred the mat­ter back to the Min­istry of Jus­tice.

A Min­istry spokesman said no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion was avail­able.

In court, ini­tial re­pay­ments of $20 per week were im­posed pend­ing sale of a ve­hi­cle and, if nec­es­sary, as­set re­lease to cover the out­stand­ing repa­ra­tion.

An­der­son, a for­mer Auck­land de­tec­tive and real es­tate agent, was one of a group who brought the popular rugby tour­na­ment to Queen­stown.

The tour­na­ment was held for 10 years in Queen­stown but the New Zealand Rugby Union awarded the contest to Ro­torua this year and in 2015.

Snow­boarder’s death

Blue paint marks in Bea­con Point Rd are the only sign of a fa­tal pedes­trian ac­ci­dent in Wanaka early Sun­day.

Snow­boarder Coen van Ros­malen, 24, died when he was struck by a taxi on the wide street about 3.30am.

It is be­lieved he had been liv­ing in Wanaka since June and may have been ly­ing on the road when he was struck.

Yello taxi company op­er­a­tor Hamish Fraser said he would not be say­ing any­thing and asked for all ques­tions to go to po­lice.

Like many young peo­ple liv­ing in Wanaka at this time of year, Ros­malen was here for the snow sea­son, which fin­ishes in three weeks.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Colin Blackie said po­lice had started ex­am­in­ing the taxi yes­ter­day and were ex­pected to take a few days.

A scene ex­am­i­na­tion of the ac­ci­dent site has been com­pleted and about 20 peo­ple had come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion.

It is be­lieved Ros­malen had been at bars in town on Satur­day night and po­lice were ex­am­in­ing CCTV footage from out­side and inside bars.

Blackie said an au­topsy had been com­pleted.

Fa­tal crash ac­cused con­victed

A 26-year-old Queen­stown man who ad­mit­ted killing a 73-year-old man in a head-on car crash in Kaik­oura has been con­victed of care­less driv­ing caus­ing death. Michael John An­drews, mine worker, was re­manded to Oc­to­ber 22 to ap­pear in the Hast­ings Dis­trict Court for sen­tenc­ing when he ap­peared be­fore Judge Tom Broad­more in the Queen­stown Dis­trict Court on Septem­ber 10. An­drews was driv­ing along State High­way 1 at Manga­maunu on March 6 when he crossed the cen­tre line on a long, sweep­ing bend and crashed head-on into the camper­van David Or­chard and his wife, 68, were trav­el­ling in. Or­chard was flown to Wellington Hos­pi­tal and died from his in­juries the fol­low­ing day. His wife was not badly hurt. An­drews suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries and had no rec­ol­lec­tion of the crash. Or­chard’s fam­ily were keen to par­tic­i­pate in a restora­tive jus­tice con­fer­ence which they wanted held in Wellington, the court was told. The fam­ily also wanted An­drew’s sen­tenc­ing to take place in Hast­ings and the judge said a decision on where sen­tenc­ing would take place could be reached at the con­fer­ence. The judge or­dered a pre-sen­tence re­port for sen­tenc­ing.

Bur­glary

A French man who stole more than $13,000 from the Cardrona Ho­tel said he did it be­cause he was up­set his part­ner had been fired from the business. Ar­nand Faletti, 41, chef, was sentenced to 180 hours’ com­mu­nity work and or­dered to pay $13,403.13 repa­ra­tion for bur­glary of the Cardrona Ho­tel be­tween Jan­uary 3 and 6. The judge said the of­fend­ing was pre­med­i­tated and repet­i­tive and the of­fence would nor­mally have a start­ing point of prison. How­ever, Faletti was saved from the jail term after pay­ing the out­stand­ing repa­ra­tion of $8979.35 yes­ter­day. Lawyer Sonia Vi­dal said Faletti stole the money from the ho­tel’s safe after be­ing up­set his part­ner had been dis­missed.

Drugs

Louis James Crab­bie, 20, of Sun­shine Bay, was re­manded to Oc­to­ber 6 for sen­tenc­ing on two charges of pos­ses­sion of cannabis for sup­ply and one of of­fer­ing to sup­ply cannabis be­tween June and July 25. Crab­bie sold 43 ounces of cannabis on 23 sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions and of­fered to sell cannabis 342 times while un­der po­lice surveil­lance, the court was told. Lawyer Sonia Videl said Crab­bie was naive and re­morse­ful about the of­fend­ing which had started to support his own cannabis ad­dic­tion and to pay off a loan.

Brawl in Queen­stown

Po­lice in Queen­stown are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an early-morn­ing brawl in­volv­ing an ex­pat Kiwi and a group of Ir­ish­men. Se­nior Con­sta­ble Chris Black­ford said an ex­pat liv­ing in Aus­tralia was drink­ing in a Bal­larat St bar early on Satur­day morn­ing. He said there was an ar­gu­ment be­tween one of the New Zealan­der’s friends and a group of Ir­ish pa­trons. After leav­ing the bar, the ex­pat was al­legedly beaten up by mem­bers of the Ir­ish group. Mean­while, at 11.40pm on Satur­day, a 25-year-old Queen­stown man was charged with as­sault in Searle Ln. He was ag­gres­sive in the Searle Ln and So­cial bar and al­legedly punched a se­cu­rity guard when he was es­corted out­side, Black­ford said.

Mov­ing on: Richard An­der­son dur­ing sen­tenc­ing in the Queen­stown Dis­trict Court two years ago.

Coen van Ros­malen

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