On­line of­fend­ing an act of re­venge

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A Lake Hawea man was mo­ti­vated by ‘‘anger and re­venge’’ when he hacked his for­mer part­ner’s Face­book page and pub­licly posted ‘‘highly in­ti­mate’’ pri­vate con­ver­sa­tions.

An­drew John Mun­sey, 35, com­puter tech­ni­cian, was sen­tenced to 125 hours’ com­mu­nity work and nine months’ su­per­vi­sion for two charges of breaching a pro­tec­tion or­der and one charge of un­law­fully ac­cess­ing a com­puter sys­tem on De­cem­ber 2 and 11.

In the Queen­stown Dis­trict Court on Mon­day Judge Michael Turner said Mun­sey ac­cessed his for­mer part­ner’s Face­book page and Gmail ac­counts, and took pri­vately sent mes­sages and posted them to her Face­book pro­file.

Mun­sey had been ‘‘an­gry, hurt and con­fused’’ af­ter she had started a re­la­tion­ship with his best friend, the judge said.

He had also been di­ag­nosed with Asperger syn­drome.

The vic­tim was un­able to ac­cess her ac­count to re­move the post­ings and, given the na­ture of the mes­sages, felt her rep­u­ta­tion had been dam­aged by the of­fend­ing.

On De­cem­ber 2 he breached a pro­tec­tion or­der by email­ing the vic­tim five times.

The judge also or­dered Mun­sey to un­der­take a par­ent­ing course and coun­selling if di­rected by a pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer.

In­de­cent act

Vastupal Prat­apc­hand Lad­hani, 62, of In­dia, was re­manded un­til May 14 for sen­tenc­ing for do­ing an in­de­cent act with the in­tent of of­fend on March 24 in Wanaka. Lad­hani was get­ting a mas­sage at a ho­tel spa when he asked for a body-to-body mas­sage and sex ser­vices. A short time af­ter the vic­tim ex­plained they were not of­fered, he grabbed the in­side of her right thigh and pulled her to­wards him. The judge said a restora­tive jus­tice hear­ing would need to be held be­fore sen­tenc­ing, but al­lowed Lad­hani’s pass­port to be re­turned so he could go back to In­dia on a $10,000 bond pay­ment. Lad­hani was con­cerned he would lose his job if he was un­able to re­turn and his un­well wife did not want to travel with­out him.

Theft

Me­su­lame Tadu­lala, 42, manager, of Twizel, was re­manded un­til May 11 for sen­tenc­ing for steal­ing at least $11,000 from his em­ployer be­tween 2013 and Fe­bru­ary 23. Tadu­lala ad­mit­ted he stole be­tween $11,000 and $15,000 in a six month pe­riod by ring­ing off sales as zero and tak­ing the cash. How­ever, it was al­leged $82,146 was taken over a two-year pe­riod af­ter an au­dit of the busi­ness. Lawyer Tim Cado­gan said the stolen money was used to pay a fam­ily mem­ber’s med­i­cal bills and Tadu­lala, who along with fam­ily mem­bers was spon­sored by the busi­ness owner, took the money af­ter feel­ing he was un­der­paid. In­ves­ti­ga­tions to find the ac­tual amount stolen were con­tin­u­ing. The judge sup­pressed the name of the com­pany in­volved.

Clothes theft

Sa­muel Charles Cald­well-Stott, 26, was re­manded un­til June 22 for sen­tence for steal­ing $7538 of cloth­ing from Out­side Sports be­tween Septem­ber 1 and March 27. Cald­well-Stott stole the items by tak­ing them from the shop floor or falsely trans­fer­ring them be­tween out­lets.

As­sault with a weapon

Dy­lan Syd­ney Frank, 22, of Al­bert Town, sen­tenced to two years’ jail and or­dered to pay $958 repa­ra­tion for as­sault us­ing a knife as a weapon, breaching a pro­tec­tion or­der and in­ten­tion­ally dam­ag­ing a po­lice cell door on De­cem­ber 6. Frank at­tempted to stab the vic­tim, his brother, with a kitchen knife four times and a cut to the vic­tim’s fin­ger re­quired med­i­cal as­sis­tance. Frank was also sen­tence to four months’ jail, to be served con­cur­rently, and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for one year and nine months for danger­ous driv­ing, driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and fail­ing to stop for po­lice, on Novem­ber 26.

Pos­ses­sion of a weapon

Vi­jay Lak­shmi, 45, re­manded un­til June 22 for sen­tence for pos­ses­sion of a weapon on March 6. Lak­shmi ran af­ter her hus­band with a meat cleaver when an ar­gu­ment broke out be­tween the pair and dam­aged a door frame with the cleaver.

Dog attack

Pauline May, 55, was fined $500 and or­dered to pay $422.80 repa­ra­tion for be­ing the owner of a dog that at­tacked a do­mes­tic an­i­mal, on May 22. The judge also or­dered the de­struc­tion of May’s dog Mil­lie, an Amer­i­can Stafford­shire ter­rier, which at­tacked a minia­ture schnau­zer, but the de­ci­sion could be ap­pealed in 28 days.

Driv­ing

Udit Choud­hari, 39, con­trac­tor, of Australia, was fined $500, dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for nine months and or­dered to pay $6000 repa­ra­tion for two charges of care­less driv­ing caus­ing in­jury near Te Anau, on Fe­bru­ary 1. Choud­hari col­lided with two ve­hi­cles, in­jur­ing two peo­ple, af­ter los­ing con­trol on a mod­er­ate bend and cross­ing the cen­tre line. One vic­tim needed surgery for a frac­tured jaw and leg and an­other vic­tim suf­fered a bro­ken nose. The judge said speed or fail­ing to con­cen­trate and the fact Choud­hari had never driven a four-wheel-drive be­fore con­trib­uted to the crash.

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