District Court news

Gisborne Courthouse. File picture by Rebecca Grunwell

A 10-year-old girl intervened after a man brandished an axe at a woman, Gisborne District Court was told.

Colin Bruce Coulbeck pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon and behaving threateningly — offences that arose in a domestic situation.

He received 120 hours community work and nine months supervision.

The sentence included a 25 percent discount for his guilty pleas.

Coulbeck said he had no intention of using the axe. He was just trying to frighten the woman and had only threatened her.

Counsel Michael Lynch said Coulbeck had worked for the same employer long-term and needed to maintain that employment. He had since self-referred to Tauawhi Men’s Centre.

~

Charged with common assault and breach of a protection order, Duke Matahiki, 32, had been on remand in custody for 177 days. He pleaded guilty and was dealt with on a time-served basis — the equivalent of eight months imprisonment.

The complainant was Matahiki’s former partner.

Matahiki and his sister went to the woman’s property so he could retrieve some of his belongings.

While inside, the woman went out to the roadside to speak to Matahiki’s sister, who was waiting in a car.

The pair argued and instead of leaving them to resolve their own dispute, as he should have, Matahiki intervened, the judge said.

He dragged the complainant from behind by the shoulders and with an arm around her neck. He told her to get inside. She fell on the front doorstep. Matahiki lifted her off the ground by the neck.

The woman suffered a grazed elbow and soreness to one side of her face.

~

For growing cannabis in his backyard while on home detention, Vaughan Kelly Warihi Ribbon, 44, was jailed for nine months with six months special and standard release conditions.

Ribbon admitted the offences — cultivation of cannabis and breaching home detention.

Judge Warren Cathcart set a starting point of six months for the cannabis offence, accepting Ribbon intended the drug for personal use. There was four months uplift for breach, which aggravated the offending, the judge said.

For Ribbon’s prior relevant offences, most of which were more minor, the judge applied an additional uplift of two months.

He noted a 2004 cultivation offence by Ribbon resulted in three months imprisonment with no leave to apply for home detention.

At the time that this latest offending was discovered, Ribbon had been subject to a medium intensity rehabilitation programme MIRP, designed to teach participants new skills, alter their attitudes and behaviour that led to their offending, and assist them to develop strategies for maintaining positive changes.

Ribbon’s counsel Alistair Clarke told the court that despite advice against it, Ribbon instructed him to seek community work. Mr Clarke accepted imprisonment was inevitable.

Ribbon received discount for his guilty pleas.

~

A woman took a car after noticing the keys for it on the roadside nearby.

The owner who misplaced the keys while working on the vehicle, had gone to Whakatane to get his spare set and returned to find his car gone.

Erolia Leith Ribbon, 20, pleaded guilty to unlawfully taking the vehicle and driving while unlicensed. She was sentenced to 220 hours community work, nine months supervision, and ordered to make reparation of $500 for insurance excess on the vehicle.

The sentence was also to cover a breach of an earlier community work sentence and a breach of bail.

Judge Cathcart said Ribbon’s suggestion someone else took the car ahead of her and that she drove it further away after seeing the keys left on its bonnet, was implausible.

The car was recovered from the carpark at a retail outlet.

~

For his eighth drink-drive offence, which he admitted, Jason Paul, 37, received 180 hours community work, 12 months intensive supervision, and was disqualified from driving indefinitely. He will be subject to a zero-alcohol licence in future.

Paul pleaded guilty to the charge of driving with excess breath-alcohol (483mcg), a third or subsequent offence.

Counsel Brian Webby said Paul acknowledged he needed assistance with his alcohol problem.

He had not yet had the assistance provided by a sentence of intensive supervision.

He had been assessed as being of high risk for reoffending.

~

Andrew Elton Higham, 30, pleaded guilty to driving with excess breath-alcohol (838mcg) for the third or subsequent time, his third. He was sentenced to two months community detention and disqualified for a year and a day.

~

Hayden Nerehana Grace, 34, was charged with driving with excess breath-alcohol (589mcg) for the third or subsequent time. He was further remanded on bail for report and sentence on November 8. The report will canvass his suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence.

A 10-year-old girl intervened after a man brandished an axe at a woman, Gisborne District Court was told.

Colin Bruce Coulbeck pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon and behaving threateningly — offences that arose in a domestic situation.

He received 120 hours community work and nine months supervision.

The sentence included a 25 percent discount for his guilty pleas.

Coulbeck said he had no intention of using the axe. He was just trying to frighten the woman and had only threatened her.

Counsel Michael Lynch said Coulbeck had worked for the same employer long-term and needed to maintain that employment. He had since self-referred to Tauawhi Men’s Centre.

~

Charged with common assault and breach of a protection order, Duke Matahiki, 32, had been on remand in custody for 177 days. He pleaded guilty and was dealt with on a time-served basis — the equivalent of eight months imprisonment.

The complainant was Matahiki’s former partner.

Matahiki and his sister went to the woman’s property so he could retrieve some of his belongings.

While inside, the woman went out to the roadside to speak to Matahiki’s sister, who was waiting in a car.

The pair argued and instead of leaving them to resolve their own dispute, as he should have, Matahiki intervened, the judge said.

He dragged the complainant from behind by the shoulders and with an arm around her neck. He told her to get inside. She fell on the front doorstep. Matahiki lifted her off the ground by the neck.

The woman suffered a grazed elbow and soreness to one side of her face.

~

For growing cannabis in his backyard while on home detention, Vaughan Kelly Warihi Ribbon, 44, was jailed for nine months with six months special and standard release conditions.

Ribbon admitted the offences — cultivation of cannabis and breaching home detention.

Judge Warren Cathcart set a starting point of six months for the cannabis offence, accepting Ribbon intended the drug for personal use. There was four months uplift for breach, which aggravated the offending, the judge said.

For Ribbon’s prior relevant offences, most of which were more minor, the judge applied an additional uplift of two months.

He noted a 2004 cultivation offence by Ribbon resulted in three months imprisonment with no leave to apply for home detention.

At the time that this latest offending was discovered, Ribbon had been subject to a medium intensity rehabilitation programme MIRP, designed to teach participants new skills, alter their attitudes and behaviour that led to their offending, and assist them to develop strategies for maintaining positive changes.

Ribbon’s counsel Alistair Clarke told the court that despite advice against it, Ribbon instructed him to seek community work. Mr Clarke accepted imprisonment was inevitable.

Ribbon received discount for his guilty pleas.

~

A woman took a car after noticing the keys for it on the roadside nearby.

The owner who misplaced the keys while working on the vehicle, had gone to Whakatane to get his spare set and returned to find his car gone.

Erolia Leith Ribbon, 20, pleaded guilty to unlawfully taking the vehicle and driving while unlicensed. She was sentenced to 220 hours community work, nine months supervision, and ordered to make reparation of $500 for insurance excess on the vehicle.

The sentence was also to cover a breach of an earlier community work sentence and a breach of bail.

Judge Cathcart said Ribbon’s suggestion someone else took the car ahead of her and that she drove it further away after seeing the keys left on its bonnet, was implausible.

The car was recovered from the carpark at a retail outlet.

~

For his eighth drink-drive offence, which he admitted, Jason Paul, 37, received 180 hours community work, 12 months intensive supervision, and was disqualified from driving indefinitely. He will be subject to a zero-alcohol licence in future.

Paul pleaded guilty to the charge of driving with excess breath-alcohol (483mcg), a third or subsequent offence.

Counsel Brian Webby said Paul acknowledged he needed assistance with his alcohol problem.

He had not yet had the assistance provided by a sentence of intensive supervision.

He had been assessed as being of high risk for reoffending.

~

Andrew Elton Higham, 30, pleaded guilty to driving with excess breath-alcohol (838mcg) for the third or subsequent time, his third. He was sentenced to two months community detention and disqualified for a year and a day.

~

Hayden Nerehana Grace, 34, was charged with driving with excess breath-alcohol (589mcg) for the third or subsequent time. He was further remanded on bail for report and sentence on November 8. The report will canvass his suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence.

Your email address will not be published. Comments will display after being approved by a staff member. Comments may be edited for clarity.

Poll

  • Voting please wait...
    Your vote has been cast. Reloading page...
    Do you think the benefits of forestry to the region outweigh its negative impacts?
    See also: