Farmer fined for neglecting cattle
A farmer has been fined $23,250 after stock in his care in Central Otago died or were left in poor condition due to a lack of water and feed.
Andrew James Wright, 32, received the fine in the Invercargill District Court on Friday, with Judge Kevin Phillips also ordering him to pay $7700 in investigation costs and demanding he be supervised during his day-to-day farming operations for the next 12 months.
Wright admitted seven charges of failing to ensure dozens of animals received proper and sufficient food and water as required under the Animal Welfare Act.
The Ministry for Primary Industries summary of facts says Wright was in 2013 a grazier in charge of the care of about 5450 animals on two properties at Ida Valley, Central Otago.
The animals, including about 3600 dairy cows, 1000 ewes and 700 store lambs, had been on the properties at various times.
Wright had enjoyed success in 2012 winter grazing cows in the Ida Valley, so proposed to significantly increase the stocking rate for the 2013 grazing year.
A farm consultant expressed his concerns, but Wright instead accepted grazing stock in numbers beyond the capabilities of the property, the summary says.
In July Wright called his vet to tend to a dehydrated cow with sunken eyes, which the vet euthanised. The vet saw no food or water for the animal, apart from a small puddle nearby.
Wright called the vet back to the property two days later for another downed cow which was severely dehydrated, with the vet seeing no food or water on offer.
In early August animal welfare inspectors inspected stock in response to a number of calls from the public, but the majority of grazing stock had been removed from the property by then.
The inspection revealed all the crops, except a small part of one failed crop, had been eaten out and only large muddy paddocks were present. There was little to no grass cover in the paddocks and dead stock were observed on the farm.
The significant shortcomings in the reticulated water system meant the stock were largely reliant on ponding and rainfall to fill the troughs, the summary says.
About 180 carry over cows on a hill block were found to be in poor condition, with many appearing dehydrated and two dying that night.
Wright also left a lame bull suffering pain for seven days and several ill sheep were euthanised, the summary says.
Wright’s lawyer, Hans van der Wal, said Wright had accepted in hindsight he did not have the necessary experience to successfully carry out wintering dairying.
He had believed he had had enough feed and when he began addressing matters it was too late.
Judge Phillips said Wright had ‘‘shut his eyes’’ to the problems unfolding on the farm.
‘Sustained and cruel’ attack
A Cromwell man has been jailed for two years and four months for a sustained and cruel attack on a 65-year-old family friend.
Brent Raymond Anderson, 38, quarry worker, appeared before Judge Michael Crosbie for sentencing in the Alexandra District Court on Monday, charged with injuring with intent to injure on March 29 last year.
The court was told Anderson attacked his father’s friend after an all-day drinking session and an argument about the sale of business assets.
The judge said Anderson’s latenight attack, during which he prevented a woman from helping his victim, was aggravated by factors including extreme violence, attacking the man’s head, the use of a chair as a weapon, the victim’s vulnerability, and cruelty.
The attack on the man lasted for more than an hour, during which he was slammed into a wall, punched repeatedly in the head and jumped on while curled on the ground.
A woman returned to the house and found the victim sitting in a conservatory covered in blood with a gash in his head.
‘‘You continued to verbally abuse the victim while telling her to leave him alone. You punched him on the arm, threw him from the chair onto the ground before throwing a metal chair at him,’’ the judge said.
‘‘That summary of facts was hard enough to read let alone imagine what the poor man went through. It was a significant beating. At the point where someone was giving assistance to him you took over again and continued the beating.
‘‘This is just cruel because of his age.’’
Lawyer Kieran Tohill said the victim and Anderson continued to have a good relationship and the victim did not want his attacker to go to jail.
‘‘It’s an evening that went manifestly wrong. He’s shown true remorse. I visited him in prison and he’s a changed man and recognises that alcohol is the common factor in his offending.’’
Anderson has been in custody since December.
The judge rejected a defence submission to allow a sentencing discount because Anderson had changed his lawyer.
However, the judge allowed an overall discount of eight months from a starting point of three years’ jail.
Assaulting a female
A Cromwell shearer has been sentenced to 12 months’ jail for assaulting his female flatmate.
Shilo Tamati Koroheke, 30, appeared for sentence.
He assaulted his female flatmate in their shared shearers’ quarters on November 14.
The judge said the conviction was Koroheke’s sixth for violence since 2002 and his third for assaulting women.
The court was told the pair were drinking after finishing work and Koroheke was cooking for other housemates when an argument began. It lasted half an hour and involved the two shouting and swearing at each other before violence erupted. The victim was punched twice to the ground by her flatmate.
She sprang up from the ground and confronted him but, with a third punch, he knocked her unconscious.
The judge said: ‘‘You said you were going to smash her if she did not shut up.
‘‘Standing up a second time, you took it as disrespect and punched her again. She believed she was knocked unconscious. ‘‘You should have walked away. ‘‘You have knocked this woman twice to the ground and you have rendered her unconscious.
‘‘It seems to me you are a fit young man and this beating was completely over the top and, I have got to say, cowardly. It’s no way to treat anybody, let alone a woman.’’
Tohill said the flatmates had been confrontational in the past before the assault.
Koroheke was also ordered to pay $500 emotional harm reparation.
Breaching protection order
Lindsay Matua Winiata, 35, was sentenced to 14 months’ jail for possessing a knife in breach of a protection order, possessing an offensive weapon, and damaging a house with intent to intimidate on October 4.
A 48-year-old woman was sentenced to six months’ supervision for taking cheques with intent to obtain a pecuniary advantage, in Auckland, between November 1 and 2, 2013. She was granted final name suppression.
Jamie William Morton, 35, of Milton, was sentenced to 100 hours’ community work for assaulting his neighbour on January 26.
Brendon Russell Fred Mcleod, 20, was sentenced to nine months’ supervision for assault on December 31.
Denise Lorraine Barnett, 59, of Naseby, was remanded for sentence on May 19 for cultivating cannabis, possessing cannabis for supply and possessing a pipe on March 4.
Daniel Robert Avery, 34, orchard worker, was sentenced to 80 hours’ community work for stealing cash and keys, valued at up to $500, on February 25.
Jason Craig Dickson, 43, of Milton, was fined $400 for stealing a cellphone valued
at $60 on March 2.
Rhys Christian Thian, 20, of Cromwell, was sentenced to 80 hours’ community work and ordered to pay $950 reparation for intentionally damaging a vehicle on December 26.
Tylah-Rayne Materoa Newa Shirley Crawford, 21, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within nine months for intentionally damaging a window on February 9.
Deacon Gavin Ralston Wyllie, 36, was sentenced to six months’ supervision for using offensive language on March 13.
Jayce Bradley Peterson, 31, fencer, of Omarama, on March 8. Peterson was fined $500 and disqualified for four months.
Bailey Mark Tuwhangai, 18, vineyard worker, of Cromwell, was sentenced to 120 hours’ community work, nine months’ supervision and disqualified from driving for one year for driving with a breath alcohol level of 491mcg while disqualified on February 15, and intentionally damaging a vehicle on December 26.
Nathan James Herewini, 36, of Cromwell, 937mcg, having been convicted at least twice previously, on January 16, remanded to May 19.
Simon Alexander Lloyd, 18, builder, 805mcg on February 21. Fined $900, disqualified for six months.
Lachlan Robin Kain, 19, 557mcg on February 21. Sentenced to 120 hours’ community work, disqualified for nine months.
Trevor Patrick Heaney, 62, farmer, of Lower Nevis, 676mcg on March 12. Fined $900, disqualified for seven months.
Stewart George Hamilton, 63, of Springvale, farmer, 674mcg on March 14. Fined $800, disqualified for six months.
Regan John Gregg, 39, of Albert Town, 453mcg on February 7. Fined $750, disqualified for seven months.
Samuel Peter Gillaly, 22, civil engineer, 567mcg, on February 6. Fined $600, disqualified for six months.