Online offending an act of revenge
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.