Man rams car into po­ten­tial love ri­val’s ute

Taranaki Daily News - - News - DEENA COSTER

Up­set to find an­other male at his ex-girl­friend’s house, a first of­fender de­lib­er­ately rammed into the back of the man’s ute and then lied to po­lice about what he did.

On Oc­to­ber 12 at 10.30am, Joshua Alexan­der Gib­son ar­rived at the New Ply­mouth home of his for­mer part­ner to pick up his dog. She had been look­ing af­ter it for him.

The sum­mary of facts said when he ar­rived, Gib­son re­versed down the drive­way and parked be­hind a 2005 Mazda Bounty ute, which be­longed to an­other man who was vis­it­ing the ad­dress.

Af­ter col­lect­ing the dog, the 22-year-old got an­gry about the other man’s pres­ence at the prop­erty.

His tem­per boiled over and he de­lib­er­ately re­versed his car and rammed into the back of the vic­tim’s ute.

The force of the im­pact caused the ute to hit the car parked in front of it, which then ca­reened into the garage door, knock­ing it off its run­ners. Gib­son then left the ad­dress.

As a re­sult, the ute was sig­nif­i­cantly dam­aged.

When Gib­son was in­ter­viewed about the in­ci­dent a week later, he told po­lice he had been with a friend the en­tire morn­ing of Oc­to­ber 12 and had been dropped off at his for­mer part­ner’s home.

He de­nied ar­riv­ing in his own car or hav­ing any knowl­edge about the dam­age sus­tained to the ute.

Gib­son signed a for­mal state­ment, de­spite know­ing he had told lies to the of­fi­cers.

When con­fronted by po­lice about this, Gib­son said he had ‘‘freaked out af­ter hit­ting the ve­hi­cle and didn’t know what do to,’’ the sum­mary of facts stated.

Gib­son pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to charges of in­ten­tional dam­age and mak­ing a false state­ment.

At Wed­nes­day’s sen­tenc­ing in the New Ply­mouth District Court, lawyer Kylie Pas­coe said Gib­son was pre­pared to pay the $4039 sought by the vic­tim to cover the dam­age.

The vic­tim had not been in­sured and had to take out a per­sonal loan to pay for the re­pair work.

She said Gib­son had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and was ‘‘hugely re­morse­ful’’ about his ac­tions.

He had wanted to at­tend a restorative jus­tice meet­ing with the vic­tim but this had not been pos­si­ble, Pas­coe said.

Judge Garry Barkle said Gib­son had let him­self down badly when he re­acted to the un­ex­pected pres­ence of an­other man at his ex­part­ner’s house.

‘‘You sadly lost a bit of self con­trol and in­flicted dam­age on his ve­hi­cle with yours.’’

Af­ter get­ting credit for his guilty pleas and pre­vi­ous good char­ac­ter, Gib­son was or­dered to pay $4039 in repa­ra­tion, at a rate of $30 a week and com­plete 100 hours of com­mu­nity work.

Po­lice also sought a driv­ing dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion due to the fact a car had been used in the of­fend­ing.

Judge Barkle im­posed a three month driv­ing ban.

"You sadly lost a bit of self con­trol." Judge Garry Barkle

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