Breach cost job, freedom
Tewe Wiremu Tamati, 39, appeared from custody at May's Waipukurau District Court session, to plead guilty to charges of contravening a family protection order and assault on a person in a family relationship. Tamati's lawyer said his client had lost his employment and his residential address due to being in custody for nearly four weeks. Judge Bridget MacIntosh convicted Tamati, sentencing him to 100 hours community work and 12 months supervision. Pavel Ian Douglas, 27, Waipawa, appeared on charges of breaching home detention, possession of cannabis and a cannabis pipe and driving contrary to a zero-alcohol licence. On January 21 Douglas was stopped after being seen driving erratically. Police searched the vehicle and found the pipe and cannabis. Douglas was also breath tested, returning a reading of 777mcg/l. The legal limit is 250mcg/l. Douglas was also found to have breached electronic monitoring. Judge MacIntosh said “you were told to stay home and you didn't. You were driving over the limit and were, quite frankly, an accident waiting to happen. You are in a very tight spot and any further offending and you could find yourself going to jail”. Douglas was convicted and sentenced to 6 months community detention and 12 months supervision, disqualified from driving for 28 days and sentenced to an alcohol interlock licence. Deven Joe Adams, 21, builder, of Waipukurau, pleaded guilty to one charge of driving with excess breath alcohol. Adams had been stopped by police for a routine check on Racecourse Road Waipukurau on March 27 and returned a breath alcohol reading of 600mcg/l. Adams, who said he was “just going to the shop”, was convicted, fined $450 and disqualified from driving for six months. Johnathon Taumata, 51, Waipawa, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and resisting police. On March 28 police attended an incident where Taumata was intoxicated and verbally abusing a victim. Taumata abused officers, refused to be handcuffed and was hard to restrain. He refused to sit in the police car and told police one day he would “shoot them all”. Taumata's lawyer said his client was very intoxicated and the behaviour was alcohol driven, and that he had apologised to the victim. Taumata was convicted and sentenced to six months supervision. Stephen Loye, 20, shepherd, of Waipukurau, pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving and failing to stop. On May 8, police observed Loye speeding on Jellicoe St, Waipawa and signalled for him to stop. Instead, Loye accelerated, making abrupt turns and taking to rural roads where he was seen to be fishtailing. Police followed Loye for 28km and on stopping he was found to have a breath alcohol level of 400mcg/l. Loye's lawyer said his client had panicked, as he had never been in trouble before and was remorseful. Judge MacIntosh said Loye made a very bad decision not to pull over and that his driving was also very bad. Loye was convicted, fined $500 and disqualified from driving for six months on the dangerous driving charge and disqualified for a further six months for failing to stop. Gary Thomas Pussell, 57, Waipukurau, pleaded guilty to charges of excess breath alcohol and of driving contrary to an alcohol interlock licence. On September 24, Pussell was stopped by police on Herbert St Waipukurau, for a routine check. He was breath tested and returned a reading of 583mcg/l. Pussell was convicted and sentenced to two months community detention, disqualified from driving for one year and one day, after which he would be subject to a zero alcohol licence, and nine months supervision. Dane Mark Pukepuke, 53, of Rotorua, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and failing to stop. On May 2, on Gt North Rd, Waipawa, Pukepuke caught police attention due to his manner of driving. He failed to stop for police (who were using lights and siren), instead driving up Abbotsford Rd. When stopped he said he was aware of police trying to stop him but knew he was disqualified. Pukepuke was convicted, sentenced to 80 hours community work and disqualified for driving for one year. Joan Awhina Kylie Robinson, 34, of Waipawa, pleaded guilty to drink driving, with an excess breath alcohol level of 713mcg/l. On February 2, Robinson was stopped by police as she drove on the wrong side of the road on Marine Parade, Napier. It was Art Deco Weekend and she said she was going home to Waipawa. She had two children in the car. Robinson was convicted, fined $600 and disqualified from driving for six months.