Threatened to blow up petrol station

Under the influence of several illicit drugs, a man stood with a petrol pump nozzle in his hand on the forecourt of a Gisborne service station, lit a cigarette, and threatened to blow the place up, Gisborne District Court has heard.

The incident on December 30 last year would have been seen as a real threat and terrifying for people present, Judge Allan Roberts said.

When police turned up, Wi Mahuika Thomas, 28, resisted them. Officers had to smash the window of his car to get him out.

He admitted being high on methamphetamine, LSD, cannabis and alcohol but refused to give a blood specimen. A doctor confirmed he would have been incapable of properly controlling a vehicle.

In court for sentence, Thomas pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to do grievous bodily harm, driving while under the influence of drugs, refusing a blood specimen and resisting police.

He was also for sentence on separate, unrelated charges of trespass and breaching bail.

The trespass on December 5, though a lesser offence, showed Thomas’s behaviour was concerning, even earlier that month, Judge Roberts said. The notice was taken out by Thomas’s mother.

Counsel Manaaki Terekia said Thomas had been remanded in custody since the petrol station incident — the equivalent sentence of 11 months and 20 days. Mr Terekia wanted him dealt with on a time-served basis.

Judge Roberts imposed a prison term of 12 months, giving Thomas full credit for his guilty pleas.

Driving bans totalling eight months and six months release conditions were also imposed.

While there had been some concerns initially as to Thomas’s mental health, a report showed he was fit to stand trial.

The judge noted Thomas had 42 previous convictions and had served nine prison sentences.

His past convictions included 21 for domestic-related offending and 10 for non-compliance with court ordered sentences and directions.

Under the influence of several illicit drugs, a man stood with a petrol pump nozzle in his hand on the forecourt of a Gisborne service station, lit a cigarette, and threatened to blow the place up, Gisborne District Court has heard.

The incident on December 30 last year would have been seen as a real threat and terrifying for people present, Judge Allan Roberts said.

When police turned up, Wi Mahuika Thomas, 28, resisted them. Officers had to smash the window of his car to get him out.

He admitted being high on methamphetamine, LSD, cannabis and alcohol but refused to give a blood specimen. A doctor confirmed he would have been incapable of properly controlling a vehicle.

In court for sentence, Thomas pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to do grievous bodily harm, driving while under the influence of drugs, refusing a blood specimen and resisting police.

He was also for sentence on separate, unrelated charges of trespass and breaching bail.

The trespass on December 5, though a lesser offence, showed Thomas’s behaviour was concerning, even earlier that month, Judge Roberts said. The notice was taken out by Thomas’s mother.

Counsel Manaaki Terekia said Thomas had been remanded in custody since the petrol station incident — the equivalent sentence of 11 months and 20 days. Mr Terekia wanted him dealt with on a time-served basis.

Judge Roberts imposed a prison term of 12 months, giving Thomas full credit for his guilty pleas.

Driving bans totalling eight months and six months release conditions were also imposed.

While there had been some concerns initially as to Thomas’s mental health, a report showed he was fit to stand trial.

The judge noted Thomas had 42 previous convictions and had served nine prison sentences.

His past convictions included 21 for domestic-related offending and 10 for non-compliance with court ordered sentences and directions.

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