Holiday a busy crime season

Violent offenders biggest problem for police.

Violent offenders biggest problem for police.

DRUGS allegedly sold from a tent at Rhythm and Vines and an alleged attempted sexual attack at another camping facility put Gisborne in the national headlines during the holiday season.

But those were not the only cases keeping our police busy these holidays. Hundreds of other charges were laid.

Charging documents available to the media in Gisborne District Court show that violence topped the list of crimes.

For a period spanning the week before Christmas to a week after the New Year (December 18, 2016–January 7, 2017) 65 charges were laid for various forms of violence by 45 offenders.

Of note were three separate cases involving allegations of assault against children aged 3, 6, and 11, and a Gisborne man complaining of being assaulted on New Year’s Eve.

In several cases police officers were targeted by violent offenders.

On Christmas Day two officers were allegedly threatened by a 42-year-old Wairoa man they were trying to detain at Wairoa Hospital and issue with a police safety order for domestic offending.

The man fled the scene before the order could be served. He allegedly said he would kill one of the officers and cause grievous bodily harm to the other.

At other times during the holidays, six defendants resisted arrested and one other escaped custody.

A Tolaga Bay man put a police telecommunications operator to the test when he allegedly used indecent and “profane” language while falsely claiming he was being shot at and threatened with a tomahawk.

Under threat of a fight

He also allegedly claimed to be under threat of a fight and that he would be forced to resort to shooting people. He claimed that would be the police call-taker’s fault, the charge sheet says.

The man faces five charges, each carrying a maximum prison term of three months or a $2000 fine.

Other charges of serious consequence laid during the holidays included six alleged incidents of threats to kill, all said to have occurred in the week before Christmas. Among the allegations was one that a 17-year-old Wairoa woman threatened to kill two men.

Threats to kill carry maximum prison terms of seven years.

Injuring with intent to injure is punishable by up to five years imprisonment. Three separate charges of this nature were laid during the holiday period.

A 38-year-old Gisborne man was charged with assault with a weapon, after allegedly assaulting a woman with a steel bat on December 22. The charge also carries a five-year maximum term.

There were three breaches of protection orders, two involving physical violence, the other psychological abuse.

Prison terms of three years

Such breaches carry maximum prison terms of three years, as does the offence of assault with intent to injure, for which 11 separate charges were laid.

One related to an alleged incident at Ruatoria on Christmas Eve, one on Christmas Day and another on Boxing Day in Gisborne.

Fourteen men were charged with assaults against women, an offence carrying a maximum of two years imprisonment. Those offences occurred at various times throughout the holiday period.

On New Year’s Eve, a 29-year-old Gisborne man is said to have intimidated a woman by threatening to damage her house.

Five charges of Crimes Act assaults were laid. Two of the alleged offenders are said to have been visiting the city, one from Auckland, the other from Feilding.

Ten people complained of assaults that resulted in summary offence charges. Three were on New Year’s Eve.
Four charges of intimidation were laid.

Related to the violence were 14 charges alleging intentional damage of personal property, primarily to houses and vehicles.

Police dealt with at least eight offenders charged with unlawfully possessing weapons. One of those arrested was a 32-year-old man said to have presented a “silver revolver with a wooden handle”.

The same man was arrested again three days later and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Other weapons named in charges were knives, including a butcher’s knife, an aluminium baseball bat, an air pistol, and a 34cm claw hammer.

Three people were arrested for disorderly behaviour considered likely to cause violence. Several drugs charges were laid in relation to cannabis and methamphetamine.

Breaches of bail and traffic offences made up the second and third most prevalent forms of holiday offending.

DRUGS allegedly sold from a tent at Rhythm and Vines and an alleged attempted sexual attack at another camping facility put Gisborne in the national headlines during the holiday season.

But those were not the only cases keeping our police busy these holidays. Hundreds of other charges were laid.

Charging documents available to the media in Gisborne District Court show that violence topped the list of crimes.

For a period spanning the week before Christmas to a week after the New Year (December 18, 2016–January 7, 2017) 65 charges were laid for various forms of violence by 45 offenders.

Of note were three separate cases involving allegations of assault against children aged 3, 6, and 11, and a Gisborne man complaining of being assaulted on New Year’s Eve.

In several cases police officers were targeted by violent offenders.

On Christmas Day two officers were allegedly threatened by a 42-year-old Wairoa man they were trying to detain at Wairoa Hospital and issue with a police safety order for domestic offending.

The man fled the scene before the order could be served. He allegedly said he would kill one of the officers and cause grievous bodily harm to the other.

At other times during the holidays, six defendants resisted arrested and one other escaped custody.

A Tolaga Bay man put a police telecommunications operator to the test when he allegedly used indecent and “profane” language while falsely claiming he was being shot at and threatened with a tomahawk.

Under threat of a fight

He also allegedly claimed to be under threat of a fight and that he would be forced to resort to shooting people. He claimed that would be the police call-taker’s fault, the charge sheet says.

The man faces five charges, each carrying a maximum prison term of three months or a $2000 fine.

Other charges of serious consequence laid during the holidays included six alleged incidents of threats to kill, all said to have occurred in the week before Christmas. Among the allegations was one that a 17-year-old Wairoa woman threatened to kill two men.

Threats to kill carry maximum prison terms of seven years.

Injuring with intent to injure is punishable by up to five years imprisonment. Three separate charges of this nature were laid during the holiday period.

A 38-year-old Gisborne man was charged with assault with a weapon, after allegedly assaulting a woman with a steel bat on December 22. The charge also carries a five-year maximum term.

There were three breaches of protection orders, two involving physical violence, the other psychological abuse.

Prison terms of three years

Such breaches carry maximum prison terms of three years, as does the offence of assault with intent to injure, for which 11 separate charges were laid.

One related to an alleged incident at Ruatoria on Christmas Eve, one on Christmas Day and another on Boxing Day in Gisborne.

Fourteen men were charged with assaults against women, an offence carrying a maximum of two years imprisonment. Those offences occurred at various times throughout the holiday period.

On New Year’s Eve, a 29-year-old Gisborne man is said to have intimidated a woman by threatening to damage her house.

Five charges of Crimes Act assaults were laid. Two of the alleged offenders are said to have been visiting the city, one from Auckland, the other from Feilding.

Ten people complained of assaults that resulted in summary offence charges. Three were on New Year’s Eve.
Four charges of intimidation were laid.

Related to the violence were 14 charges alleging intentional damage of personal property, primarily to houses and vehicles.

Police dealt with at least eight offenders charged with unlawfully possessing weapons. One of those arrested was a 32-year-old man said to have presented a “silver revolver with a wooden handle”.

The same man was arrested again three days later and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Other weapons named in charges were knives, including a butcher’s knife, an aluminium baseball bat, an air pistol, and a 34cm claw hammer.

Three people were arrested for disorderly behaviour considered likely to cause violence. Several drugs charges were laid in relation to cannabis and methamphetamine.

Breaches of bail and traffic offences made up the second and third most prevalent forms of holiday offending.

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