As­sault ac­cused held in cus­tody

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Two Wanaka men ac­cused of a bru­tal as­sault in the Cen­tral Otago town have been re­manded in cus­tody.

The men, a 39-year-old car­pen­ter and a 34-year-old kitchen hand, ap­peared be­fore Judge Michael Turner in Queen­stown Dis­trict Court on Mon­day jointly charged with caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm with in­tent, on Satur­day.

The 39-year-old was also charged with at­tempt­ing to pervert the course of jus­tice by telling a third party not to talk to po­lice or ‘‘I will find you and kill you’’. No pleas were en­tered. Both men were granted in­terim name sup­pres­sion and are due to ap­pear back in court on Tues­day.

The men al­legedly at­tacked fa­ther-of-two Kahu Vin­cent at the Ard­more St Night ‘n Day about 3am on Satur­day.

Vin­cent was air­lifted to Dunedin Hos­pi­tal, where he re­mains in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Dunedin-based Night ‘n Day Food Stores chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Al­li­son said on Mon­day he was of­fer­ing any sup­port the com­pany could give to Vin­cent’s fam­ily and to the Wanaka store staff.

Al­li­son con­firmed Vin­cent was a cus­tomer, not a staff mem­ber.

‘‘Hav­ing a cus­tomer hurt in our stores is very dis­tress­ing.

‘‘It is dif­fi­cult for us at this stage but we will give any sup­port we can.

‘‘Our staff mem­ber saw the in­ci­dent so we have to make sure we look af­ter him, and our manager as well."

Al­li­son said he imag­ined a small com­mu­nity like Wanaka would be ‘‘ripped apart’’ and as a fa­ther of two, he ap­pre­ci­ated what the Vin­cent fam­ily would be go­ing through.

‘‘We are un­sure how to sup­port them but we will do what­ever we can,’’ he said.

The shop was closed on Mon­day but Al­li­son hoped it would re­open on Tues­day af­ter a cleanup.

‘‘The Wanaka Night ‘n Day fran­chisee hold­ers are Matthew and Alice Lane, of Dunedin.

They are the son and daugh­ter-in-law of An­drew and Denise Lane, of Dunedin, who are the di­rec­tors of the Night ‘n Day fran­chise.

At least 113 donors had given more than $8000 through the Givealit­tle fundrais­ing web­site for Vin­cent and his fam­ily. givealit­tle.co.nz/cause/kahu­vin­cent.

He has two small chil­dren with his part­ner Jade Makuru.

Cricket World Cup streaker ‘ex­posed him­self to mil­lions’

A Bri­tish man who streaked at the open­ing game of the Cricket World Cup tainted a his­toric New Zealand sport­ing event broad­cast to mil­lions, a judge has said.

Joseph Brook, 22, ap­pear­ing be­fore Judge Michael Turner in Queen­stown Dis­trict Court, was con­victed for in­vad­ing the pitch of a ma­jor sport­ing event, on Fe­bru­ary 14.

Brook at­tended the open­ing match be­tween New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Ha­gley Oval in Christchurch and streaked naked at 6.50pm dur­ing a live broad­cast.

Judge Turner said Brook’s ac­tions were de­lib­er­ate, ex­hi­bi­tion­ist and self-pro­mot­ing.

‘‘It tainted what was a his­toric sport­ing event in New Zealand. De­nun­ci­a­tion and de­ter­rence will be the prime prin­ci­ples in sen­tenc­ing.

‘‘If that calls for loss of lib­erty then so be it. ‘‘That will be for the judge on the day.’’ Sergeant Ian Collin said Brook re­moved all his cloth­ing at the end of the match and ran on to the pitch, where he was tack­led by se­cu­rity staff.

The match was at­tended by a crowd of around 15,000 peo­ple, in­clud­ing fam­i­lies, and broad­cast in­ter­na­tion­ally to mil­lions of view­ers, he said.

‘‘As he ran on to the pitch he made no ef­fort to cover him­self.

He was fully ex­posed to all those watch­ing.’’

Brook, who was re­manded on bail for sen­tenc­ing on Au­gust 20, told po­lice that it was ‘‘one of those once-in-a-life­time things.’’

Car keys re­moved

A taxi driver chased a woman and re­moved her car keys af­ter she side-swiped him while driv­ing on the main high­way into Queen­stown.

An­gela Marie Belford, 24, en­gi­neer, of Frank­ton, was re­manded for sen­tence on Au­gust 20 for driv­ing with a blood level of 271mg, danger­ous driv­ing and re­sist­ing po­lice, on April 18.

Sergeant Ian Collin said Belford was driv­ing on the wrong side of the road when she side-swiped a taxi driv­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

The taxi driver fol­lowed her car to Gold­field Hts, where she stopped, the taxi driver got out and re­moved Belford’s keys.

The court was told she ran off, the taxi driver chased her and re­strained her un­til po­lice ar­rived.

She con­tin­ued to be unco-op­er­a­tive and ver­bally abu­sive when of­fi­cers ar­rived and was car­ried to a pa­trol car.

As­sault sen­tenc­ing

Tipene Don­ald Har­ri­son, 24, roofer, of Wanaka, was sen­tenced to six months’ su­per­vi­sion, fined $550 and or­dered to pay $300 emo­tional harm repa­ra­tion for as­sault, on April 4, and dis­or­derly be­hav­iour likely in the cir­cum­stances to cause vi­o­lence against per­sons to start, on March 22.

Dis­or­derly be­hav­iour

Iopu Ton­gia, 23, fur­ni­ture re­mover, of Christchurch, was fined $500 for be­hav­ing in a dis­or­derly man­ner that was likely in the cir­cum­stances to cause vi­o­lence against per­sons to start, on May 8.

Threat­ened

Megan Leigh Pad­don, 37, of Sun­shine Bay, was re­manded for sen­tenc­ing on Au­gust 20 for threat­en­ing to do griev­ous bod­ily harm and re­sist­ing po­lice, on May 8.

Care­less caus­ing in­jury

Ray­lene Mary Mitchell, 41, laun­dry worker, of Fern­hill, was re­manded for sen­tence on Au­gust 20 for care­less op­er­a­tion caus­ing in­jury, on April 11.

Drink driv­ing

Rebeka Maraki Bense­man, 21, was sen­tenced to 120 hours’ com­mu­nity work, nine months’ su­per­vi­sion, dis­qual­i­fied for one year and or­dered to pay repa­ra­tion of $3132 for driv­ing with a blood level of 177mg, care­less driv­ing and fail­ing to stop to as­cer­tain any in­juries, on Jan­uary 17.

She crashed into two parked cars and shunted one of the cars into a third car.

Rodolfo Adrian Martinez, 43, su­per­vi­sor, was fined $1000 and dis­qual­i­fied for eight months for driv­ing with a blood level of 197mg, on April 4.

Louie Lanz, 30, 111mg, on March 1. Fined $600 and dis­qual­i­fied for six months.

Daniel Michael Grad­well, 22, chef, of Kelvin Hts, 89mg, on March 27. Fined $450, dis­qual­i­fied for six months.

Al­ize Payet, 21, teacher, French na­tional, of Cromwell, was fined $1200 and dis­qual­i­fied for eight months for driv­ing with a breath level of 1140mcg, on May 3.

Me­lanie Jayne Brace, 49, manager, 441mcg, on May 1. Fined $450, dis­qual­i­fied for six months.

An­gus Hamish John Good­win, 19, 172mcg. Fined $200, dis­qual­i­fied for three months.

Driv­ing while suspended

Christo­pher Michael Bur­ton, 28, of Wanaka, 1275mcg, was re­manded for sen­tence on May 25 for sen­tence for driv­ing while suspended, on March 27.

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