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CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, NOVEMBER 15, 2011
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By COURT REPORTER
Eighteen-year-old Connor Morris, of Taihape,
pleaded guilty to charges of drink driving and care-
less driving when he appeared before Judge Nevin
Dawson in the Taihape District Court last Monday.
The vehicle driven by Morris crashed on Swan St
on October 23 and, according the police report, both
Morris and his passenger were lucky not to have
been injured in the crash.
The vehicle went through a wooden barrier,
coming to rest against a tree stopping it short of
falling down to the rail line, metres below.
Morris, the holder of a learner driver licence, was
convicted of driving with an excess breath alcohol
level of 792:1, fined $650, ordered to pay court costs
of $132.89 and disqualified from driving for seven
He was fined a further $300 on the careless driv-
❚ Refusing to complete a drug impairment test cost
62-year-old Christchurch man Leslie Nailer a
return trip to Taihape for a court appearance, a
conviction and a fine.
Nailer was stopped during a routine check point
on State Highway One in July.
Police noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming
from his vehicle and requested he undergo a drug
impairment test. Blood was taken from Nailer who
admitted to police that he had smoked a joint while
on the Cook Strait ferry some three hours earlier.
He was convicted, fined $600, ordered to pay
court costs of $132.89 and disqualified from driving
for six months.
❚ A Taihape woman, 34-year-old Judith Tweeddale,
pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with an excess
breath alcohol level of 508:1.
She was convicted, fined $400, ordered to pay
court costs of $132.89 and disqualified from driving
for six months.
❚ Waiouru woman Waimarie Wereta, 20, was
convicted on a charge of driving while disqualified.
By way of explanation as opposed to an excuse,
her counsel Joanna Jordon told the court her client
had been driving her pregnant cousin to the hos-
pital after she experienced pains.
Not supported by the police, the claim was dis-
missed by Judge Dawson, who said Wereta had
other options, such as calling an ambulance.
He said her decision to drive was a misjudgment.
Wereta was convicted, fined $350, ordered to pay
court costs of $132.89 and further disqualified from
driving for four months.
❚ According to the police report, it took intoxicated
27-year old Daniel Zimmerman a long time to
realise he had gone to the wrong room and put on
someone else's hoodie, socks and shoes.
The report stated the complainant was woken by
Zimmerman coming into the room.
He became aggressive and threatened the com-
plainant when he was told to leave.
Counsel Paul Brown appeared for Zimmerman
and told the court his client had not intended to
commit a burglary, but had simply put on clothes
that were there. Zimmerman initially entered a plea
of not guilty to the charge, disputing the facts as
presented by police.
However, when it became clear that the matter
would be remanded until May 2012, because the
complainant had returned home to Canada for the
ski season, Zimmerman indicated he was not pre-
pared to wait that long for the outcome and changed
his plea to guilty.
He was convicted, sentenced to 100 hours' com-
munity work and nine months' supervision with
special conditions including an order to undertake
alcohol and drug assessments and treatments as
directed by the Corrections Department.
❚ Marianne Paul, 38, formerly of Northland, was
found guilty of theft after unsuccessfully defending
Paul was charged with theft after leaving
Taihape's Safari Motel without paying for the three
nights she had stayed there.
A number of items were missing from the unit,
including spare bedding, cutlery and crockery.
With the charges proven, Paul was convicted,
fined $400, ordered to pay court costs of $132.89 and
reparation of $429 on the charge of theft (obtaining
accommodation by fraud).
She was fined $300 on the charge of theft of
Paul was convicted and discharged on a charge of
breaching bail, a charge she had earlier entered a
guilty plea to.
''It turned into an expensive three-night stay for
you,'' Judge Dawson said.
''If you offend like this again, it won't be fines you
will be facing,'' he warned.
Taihape man David Hapeta will spend his
54th birthday behind bars, after blowing a
breath alcohol level of 1090:1.
He was convicted on his 15th drink driving
and 22nd driving while disqualified charge by
Judge Dawson in the Taihape District Court
Paul Brown appeared for
Hapeta and told the court his
client regretted his actions, but
acknowledged he must now face
the consequences of his actions.
A report from the Corrections
Department said Hapeta
showed little or no remorse and
had been assessed as being at
high risk of reoffending.
In summing up, Judge Daw-
son told Hapeta he intended to
denounce his conduct.
''You have a complete disre-
gard for the safety of others.
The gravity of your offending
needs to be reflected in your
sentence,'' the judge said.
Hapeta was sentenced to 14 months in
prison on each charge, to be served
Already disqualified from driving for an
indefinite period, Hapeta was further dis-
qualified for 15 months on the drink driving
charge and 12 months on the driving while
Judge Dawson ordered that Hapeta be sub-
ject to special conditions for six months follow-
ing his release from prison.
Hapeta's fines, valued at $1335.11, were
❚ Timothy Anderson, 37, of Taihape, was
sentenced to a further 14 months' incarcer-
ation on a raft of charges after spending the
last three months remanded in prison.
The charges, which stemmed from what
was essentially a domestic incident, included
one charge of assault with intent to injure,
three charges of breaching a protection
order and one charge of breaching
During her submissions to Judge
Dawson, counsel Joanna Jordan asked
that Anderson's time served on
remand be treated as his sentence.
She referred to a favourable refer-
ence supplied by Anderson's employer
saying he would be welcomed back.
However, in summing up and
sentencing Anderson, Judge Dawson
said Anderson should be held account-
able for his actions and that he
intended to impose a punitive sen-
''Violence is never the answer.
''Your victim is very scared of you and it
would appear, with very good cause. The
mitigating factor here is your disregard for
''The report from Probation said your re-
offending is likely to escalate.''
Anderson was convicted on each of the
On the charge of assault with intent to
injure he was sentenced to six months in
prison, with six-month special release con-
On two of breach of protection order charges
he was sentenced to three months in prison to
be served cumulatively.
On the third charge he was sentenced to
three months in prison to be served
On the charge of breaching his release (bail)
conditions he was sentenced to two months in
prison to be served cumulatively.
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