Police establish boat fire as arson
The melted remains of the ‘‘Lucy’s Way’’ boat which was destroyed by a suspicious fire in Frankton in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police were treating the suspicious boat fire as arson. Constable Brian Fitzgerald, of Queenstown, said the boat was set alight while parked on a trailer about 4.15am on Lake Ave in Frankton. ‘‘Any sort of burning boat at that time of the morning is suspicious,’’ Fitzgerald said.
Both police and fire safety officers were conducting an investigation into the blaze. Fire safety officer Mike Cahill, of Invercargill, said what caused the fire was yet to be determined but an electrical fault had been ruled out. Frankton fire officer Hayden Cosgrove said the boat was well involved when firefighters arrived.
Early morning crash
Speed and alcohol were factors in a car crash in Wanaka early Saturday morning after a 17-year-old youth crashed into a parked car.
Wanaka emergency services were called to the scene of the crash outside Mount Aspiring College on Plantation Rd just before 12.30am.
Senior Constable Ian Henderson, of Wanaka, said police, who were travelling in a different direction to the driver, put their lights on in an attempt to pull the driver over and discovered the crash a short time after pulling a U-turn to catch up with the vehicle. The youth recorded a breath alcohol level over 300mcg and was charged with drink-driving and reckless driving, Henderson said. He was the sole occupant of the car and was uninjured in the crash.
Missing woman’s body found
Possum trappers have found a body believed to be that of a Hong Kong woman who went missing while on holiday in Queenstown.
Senior Constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said trappers working on Queenstown Hill above Vancouver Dr found a woman’s body on Friday afternoon.
Blackford said the body was believed to be Kwei Yong Wong, 63, who was last seen on the afternoon of August 22. There did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances and the death was referred to the coroner.
Police were also contacting family in Canada.
Wong, also known as Joyce, arrived in the resort town on August 18 and was due to fly home to Hong Kong on August 23.
Naive and stupid
A Queenstown man was described as naive and ’’stupid in the extreme’’ for ordering ecstasy online from Europe to a post office box in his own name.
Matthew Richard Hill, a 22-year-old telemarketer, imported 2g of MDMA on June 4, and was arrested when police received information from New Zealand Customs.
He appeared in Queenstown District Court before Judge Michael Crosbie, who sentenced Hill to three months’ community detention and nine months’ supervision.
His lawyer Phillip Hall said his client was naive and stupid in the extreme.
He said his client, who had no previous convictions, paid $400 by bank order to an account in Europe and was given an order number, which was attached to an envelope addressed to a Frankton post office box under Hill’s middle name. Customs’ staff intercepted the envelope.
The judge described the offending as a massive fall from grace. Hill was curfewed from 7pm to 7am.
Michael Allan Rapson, 28, chef, of Arrowtown, was sentenced to six months’ community detention, including a 7pm to 7am curfew at Moana House, 18 months’ intensive supervision and disqualified for two years for unlawfully taking a vehicle, two charges of failing to stop for blue and red lights and two counts of dangerous driving, on September 14. The court was told he drank half a litre of tequila and two and a half litres of cider before taking a car from a house in Arrowtown, where he knew the owner. He drove towards Cromwell through the Kawarau gorge, slowed briefly for a police patrol then sped off again before another patrol tried to pull him over near Bannockburn Rd. Police estimated he reached speeds of 175kmh. He turned into McNulty Rd, but due to the dangerous nature of the driving the pursuit was abandoned. Police tried to stop him again in Bannockburn. He avoided road spikes, bursting tyres, and sped away driving on the vehicle’s rims then abandoned the car. Police arrested him the next day at his father’s house in Arrowtown.
Male assaults female
Franz Ronald Schryvers, 29, stonemason, of Wanaka, was sentenced to six months’ supervision and ordered to pay $500 for emotional harm for being a male assaulting a female, on September 21.