TIMOTHY Selwyn was charged last week in Opotiki District Court for dangerous driving, which involved pulling in front of a government vehicle.

The vehicle, carrying Minister of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little, was halted by Selwyn on July 28, for the purpose of serving a trespass notice.

Judge Christopher Harding heard Selwyn had pulled in front of the vehicle on Waiotahe Bridge, State Highway 2, forcing it to stop.

The 45-year-old then exited his own vehicle and served a trespass notice to Mr Little before returning to his vehicle and leaving the scene.

“There is no excuse for your behaviour,” Judge Harding said.

“It was obviously pre-considered, as you were carrying the document.”
Selwyn was fined $300 plus court costs.

At the time of the offending, speaking as Ngai Tamahaua Hapu chairman, Selwyn said the trespass notice was served on the basis that Mr Little was entering the hapu’s territory without permission.


Drink driving

BODEAN Reedy was sentenced last week at Opotiki District Court on a raft of charges, dating back to March this year.

Reedy appeared on charges of unlawfully entering a vehicle, stealing and using a bank card, drink driving, failing to answer court bail and dangerous driving.

Judge Christopher Harding heard in the instance of drink driving, Reedy had a blood alcohol reading of 132 milligrams per l00 millilitres of blood, more than twice the legal limit. He drove at speed into a metal farm gate.

Judge Harding said following the impact the vehicle had been “catapulted” into the field 80-to-90 metres.

“It (the vehicle) was very damaged, and you were pretty damaged,” he said. “You said after the crash that you were too wasted to remember anything about it,” said Judge Harding.

Regarding the charges of unlawful entry of a vehicle and using a stolen bank card, Judge Harding heard Reedy had entered a stolen vehicle with associates and found a bank card inside.

Reedy used the card to purchase items at a store, including Cody’s pre-mixed drinks and cigarettes for a total of $69.98.

Judge Harding said Reedy recognised that the card was stolen and that his actions were wrong before he committed the offending, however he had done so anyway.

Judge Harding noted Reedy had a history of non-compliance, and sentenced him to six weeks imprisonment.

A concurrent month’s imprisonment was imposed to clear Reedy’s nearly $10,000 in outstanding fines.

Reedy was also fined $111.98, and ordered to pay $69.98 in reparation.

“You need to gain some semblance of reasonable thought,” Judge Harding said.

Sheep slaughtered

JAMES Kingi pleaded guilty to the theft and slaughter of a sheep, and stealing a second sheep.

Judge Christopher Harding heard the 32-year-old had driven his truck to a farm and taken a sheep to his vehicle, snapping its neck.

Kingi then took a second sheep, but fled the scene in his vehicle after he was seen.

Kingi said he was slaughtering the animals to feed his family.

Judge Harding sentenced Kingi to serve 50 hours of community work.

“Stealing people’s sheep is not acceptable,” said Judge Harding.

Concrete case

Tony Lee Hill pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and trespassing at Eastern Bay Concrete, and not guilty to theft valued over $1000.

Judge Harding heard Hill was found driving while disqualified on State Highway 35.

The 41-year-old had previously been indefinitely disqualified from driving at the Rotorua District Court.

Hill was remanded on bail to reappear on December 5.

Breaching conditions

Debbie Gardiner pleaded guilty to breaching her supervision conditions, imposed following an offence of drink driving.

Gardiner had appeared before Judge David Cameron on August 29 for the drink driving charge, which she committed while on bail.

Gardiner was remanded to reappear on December 5.

Community work

Cruz Tai Ngamoki appeared for breaching community work and breaching supervision.

The 28-year-old had previously been sentenced to 100 hours of community work and supervision, and found in breach of both.

Judge Harding cancelled Ngamoki’s supervision and ordered him to appear if called on in the next six months.

“You need to get on and do [your community work],” Judge Harding said.

Drunken attack

CAIN Robert Hogg pleaded guilty to assaulting his partner of 12 years in a drunken attack.

Judge Harding heard there had been an argument that resulted in Hogg kicking the victim in the stomach.

The victim managed to get to herfeet and flee the property following the assault.

Hogg was remanded on bail to reappear on November 21, and not to associate with the victim in the interim.

Remanded on bail

JUDAS Riri did not enter a plea on a charge of driving while disqualified at his court appearance.

The 19-year-old was remanded on bail to reappear on October 24.

Alleged robbers say not guilty

FOUR Opotiki men appeared in the Whakatane District Court on Wednesday in relation to an aggravated robbery in July.

Tyrone Chase, Izayar Smith, Mikhail Frank Hudson Demalmanche Taiatini and Raiden Thomas Leon Welsh pleaded not guilty to charges of participating in organised crime and aggravated robbery.

The robbery occurred in Opotiki on July 5.

The men are accused of robbing a man of a blue hoodie and beanie.

The group was remanded on bail and will reappear for a judge alone trial on December 11.

Arguments and breaches

AN Opotiki man breached his community work and supervision sentence after arguing about the dishes with his dad became too much.

Creedence Hudson appeared in Whakatane District Court on charges of breaching community work and breaching supervision.

Hudson was required to report to the police within 72 hours of his supervision breach and when he failed to appear, he was taken into custody.

Judge Harding asked Hudson whether he could be trusted to report to the police on Thursday.

Hudson replied “yes”, however, Judge Harding was unconvinced stating, “you don’t sound very confident”.

Judge Harding continued by questioning his address and asking whether his dad was happy to have him.

Hudson said the two fought regularly over “dishes and other shit” but said, ultimately, he was happy to have him.

Hudson was remanded on bail and will reappear in the Opotiki District Court on October 24.

Fruit picker faces firearms charges

JUDGE Harding thought it “completely inappropriate” to grant an Opotiki fruit picker bail as he appeared on a raft of serious weapon charges.

Daniel James Taingahue, 29, appeared in the Whakatane District Court seeking bail on three counts of unlawfully possessing an offensive weapon, unlawfully possessing a rifle, procuring a cannabis plant, threatening behaviour, failing to answer district court bail and breaching community work.

Judge Harding said due to the serious nature of the charges and a long list of previous breaches that he was satisfied Taingahue was not an appropriate candidate for bail.

Judge Harding said that as Taingahue faced reoccurring firearms charges almost identical to past offending, the risk of re-offending was significant, as well as the risk of “not showing up and witness tampering”.

Taingahue was remanded in custody to appear for sentence on December 20.

“Given the charges you are facing Mr Taingahue, an electronically monitored sentence is unlikely by a significant margin,” Judge Harding said.