Gisborne District Court news

Gisborne Courthouse. File picture by Rebecca Grunwell

An argument between two sisters turned physical and resulted in one of them facing Gisborne District Court on a charge of assault.

Jaspar Taunoa, 25, hairdresser, pleaded guilty to the charge and to a breach of police bail.

She was sentenced to 40 hours community work.

Judge Cathcart said the matter was low-level. Taunoa could have received a suspended sentence were it not for her four previous relevant convictions. Those related to a prior relationship.

Counsel Ann-Jolena Baker said the sisters had now reconciled.

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Billy Joe Taiapa, 37, pleaded not guilty to reckless driving, failing to stop, failing to remain stopped and possession of cannabis for supply.

He was further remanded on bail for a Crown case review hearing on May 3.

Taiapa elected a judge-alone trial.

He also faces a charge of failing to answer police bail.

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Tana Stewart, 33, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary.

He was further remanded on bail for report and sentence on April 17.

Judge Cathcart noted the substantial value of goods targeted, mainly electronics.

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For twice breaching court release conditions, which he admitted, Jack Philip Tana was convicted and sentenced to 70 hours community work.

Tana was recalled to court after the second breach, having previously been given a suspended sentence for the first.

A probation officer said Tana’s compliance had since improved and he was now attending appropriate counselling.

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A young mother who claimed to the probation service that she wanted to go to prison rather than finish her community work sentence, was given a final opportunity to re-engage.

Cheyenne Ribbon, 18, had not been compliant with the sentence since last July, the court was told.

After hearing submissions, Judge Cathcart adjourned the case against until March 26, warning Ribbon continued non-compliance could result in the realisation of her request for the sentence to be converted to a prison term.

Counsel Amanda Courtney told the court Ribbon’s attitude and comments were the product of youthful bravado and showed she had no experience of prisons.

Fortunately, Ribbon’s attitude seemed to have changed more recently. Just ahead of this court appearance, she seemed less keen on the idea. She had produced a medical certificate to explain some of her non-compliance.

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Judge Cathcart expressed concern that the parole board had imposed an indefinite order preventing a man from associating with members of the Black Power gang.

Quite apart from the conduct of that gang, such a prohibition raised Bill of Rights issues — especially if the ban was an indefinite one, the judge said.

Shane Smith, 52, was initially adamant he would plead guilty to a charge of breaching his release conditions by associating with gang members.

He had done so and just wanted the matter dealt with, Smith told the judge.

But prompted by the judge to speak briefly with counsel Leighvi Maynard as duty solicitor, Smith reconsidered and welcomed an adjournment until March 26.

He was further remanded on bail for legal aid to be assigned.

The judge warned Smith he would be advised meanwhile not to breach the condition again.

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Roma Lady Manuel-Te Aho, 22, aka Paris Manuel, pleaded guilty to three shoplifting offences, a charge of obstruction and a breach of release conditions.

Te Aho appeared via AV-link from a prison remand unit.

She was further remanded in custody for sentence.

Two of the shoplifting offences involved goods valued under $500, the other involved items valued between $500 and $1000.

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For wilful trespass at a bar and a breach of bail, both admitted, Tom Erwin Hawea, 29, concrete worker, was sentenced to 60 hours community work. Police withdrew a charge alleging Hawea intimidated staff at the bar.

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For her sixth drink-drive offence (967mcg), which she admitted, Lavinia Francis Aupouri, 59, mill hand, was further remanded on bail for sentence on April 17.

A report canvassing her suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence was ordered.

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Manahi Te Rutu Wihekopa Awatere, pleaded guilty to drink-driving for a third or subsequent time and driving while disqualified.

He was further remanded on bail for sentence on April 17. A report canvassing his suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence was ordered.

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Amba Davoren, 27, pleaded guilty to two charges of driving while disqualified and a breach of bail. The case was adjourned until April 17 for an application to avoid further disqualification.

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Admitting a fourth drink-drive charge (677 mcg), Hamish Keith White, 38, horticulturist, was further remanded on bail for sentence and a pre-sentence report on April 17.

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Muti Pereira, 28, painter, admitted driving with excess breath-alcohol (662mcg), a third or subsequent offence. He was further remanded on bail for report and sentence on April 17.

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Errol Gregory Kapene, 55, admitted drink-driving for a third or subsequent time. He was remanded on bail for sentence on April 17.

Kapene has 13 prior convictions for driving matters and now faces the possibility of imprisonment.

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Jessie Witeri, 23, admitted driving while disqualified. She was fined $300 (costs $130) and disqualified from driving for six months. For breaching bail, which she also admitted, Witeri was convicted and discharged.

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Kelly Ratapu, 22, pleaded guilty to robbery, admitting that he robbed a man of a box of alcohol on September 19, last year.

He was further remanded in custody for a report and sentence on March 15.

The matter was referred to the restorative justice process.

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An argument between two sisters turned physical and resulted in one of them facing Gisborne District Court on a charge of assault.

Jaspar Taunoa, 25, hairdresser, pleaded guilty to the charge and to a breach of police bail.

She was sentenced to 40 hours community work.

Judge Cathcart said the matter was low-level. Taunoa could have received a suspended sentence were it not for her four previous relevant convictions. Those related to a prior relationship.

Counsel Ann-Jolena Baker said the sisters had now reconciled.

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Billy Joe Taiapa, 37, pleaded not guilty to reckless driving, failing to stop, failing to remain stopped and possession of cannabis for supply.

He was further remanded on bail for a Crown case review hearing on May 3.

Taiapa elected a judge-alone trial.

He also faces a charge of failing to answer police bail.

~

Tana Stewart, 33, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary.

He was further remanded on bail for report and sentence on April 17.

Judge Cathcart noted the substantial value of goods targeted, mainly electronics.

~

For twice breaching court release conditions, which he admitted, Jack Philip Tana was convicted and sentenced to 70 hours community work.

Tana was recalled to court after the second breach, having previously been given a suspended sentence for the first.

A probation officer said Tana’s compliance had since improved and he was now attending appropriate counselling.

~

A young mother who claimed to the probation service that she wanted to go to prison rather than finish her community work sentence, was given a final opportunity to re-engage.

Cheyenne Ribbon, 18, had not been compliant with the sentence since last July, the court was told.

After hearing submissions, Judge Cathcart adjourned the case against until March 26, warning Ribbon continued non-compliance could result in the realisation of her request for the sentence to be converted to a prison term.

Counsel Amanda Courtney told the court Ribbon’s attitude and comments were the product of youthful bravado and showed she had no experience of prisons.

Fortunately, Ribbon’s attitude seemed to have changed more recently. Just ahead of this court appearance, she seemed less keen on the idea. She had produced a medical certificate to explain some of her non-compliance.

~

Judge Cathcart expressed concern that the parole board had imposed an indefinite order preventing a man from associating with members of the Black Power gang.

Quite apart from the conduct of that gang, such a prohibition raised Bill of Rights issues — especially if the ban was an indefinite one, the judge said.

Shane Smith, 52, was initially adamant he would plead guilty to a charge of breaching his release conditions by associating with gang members.

He had done so and just wanted the matter dealt with, Smith told the judge.

But prompted by the judge to speak briefly with counsel Leighvi Maynard as duty solicitor, Smith reconsidered and welcomed an adjournment until March 26.

He was further remanded on bail for legal aid to be assigned.

The judge warned Smith he would be advised meanwhile not to breach the condition again.

~

Roma Lady Manuel-Te Aho, 22, aka Paris Manuel, pleaded guilty to three shoplifting offences, a charge of obstruction and a breach of release conditions.

Te Aho appeared via AV-link from a prison remand unit.

She was further remanded in custody for sentence.

Two of the shoplifting offences involved goods valued under $500, the other involved items valued between $500 and $1000.

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For wilful trespass at a bar and a breach of bail, both admitted, Tom Erwin Hawea, 29, concrete worker, was sentenced to 60 hours community work. Police withdrew a charge alleging Hawea intimidated staff at the bar.

~

For her sixth drink-drive offence (967mcg), which she admitted, Lavinia Francis Aupouri, 59, mill hand, was further remanded on bail for sentence on April 17.

A report canvassing her suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence was ordered.

~

Manahi Te Rutu Wihekopa Awatere, pleaded guilty to drink-driving for a third or subsequent time and driving while disqualified.

He was further remanded on bail for sentence on April 17. A report canvassing his suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence was ordered.

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Amba Davoren, 27, pleaded guilty to two charges of driving while disqualified and a breach of bail. The case was adjourned until April 17 for an application to avoid further disqualification.

~

Admitting a fourth drink-drive charge (677 mcg), Hamish Keith White, 38, horticulturist, was further remanded on bail for sentence and a pre-sentence report on April 17.

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Muti Pereira, 28, painter, admitted driving with excess breath-alcohol (662mcg), a third or subsequent offence. He was further remanded on bail for report and sentence on April 17.

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Errol Gregory Kapene, 55, admitted drink-driving for a third or subsequent time. He was remanded on bail for sentence on April 17.

Kapene has 13 prior convictions for driving matters and now faces the possibility of imprisonment.

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Jessie Witeri, 23, admitted driving while disqualified. She was fined $300 (costs $130) and disqualified from driving for six months. For breaching bail, which she also admitted, Witeri was convicted and discharged.

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Kelly Ratapu, 22, pleaded guilty to robbery, admitting that he robbed a man of a box of alcohol on September 19, last year.

He was further remanded in custody for a report and sentence on March 15.

The matter was referred to the restorative justice process.

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