District Court News

Karsin Ezekil Peneha, 21, pleaded guilty to a raft of offences, including robbery, when he appeared in Gisborne District Court.
Peneha appeared via AV-link from a prison remand unit. He was further remanded in custody for a report and sentence on September 4. The report will canvass his suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence.

For unlawfully carrying a fake firearm and threatening to kill, Karl Jason Baxter, 41, was remanded on bail for sentence on September 4. A health specialist will report on an appropriate sentence.

Previously remanded in custody, Samson Wanoa, 31, entered not guilty pleas to charges arising from alleged family violence — wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, injuring with intent to injure and breaching a protection order. He elected trial by jury.
Wanoa was further remanded in custody for a Crown case review on September 21.
A charge of breaching release conditions, to which Wanoa was yet to plead, will follow alongside. Counsel Nicola Wright said a bail application would be made ahead of that date.

Wiremu Jessie Cougar Russell, 28, pleaded guilty to five charges in a raft of offences he faced, four of which he had previously admitted.
The charges were breach of a protection order, wilful damage, driving while disqualified, four breaches of bail, a breach of community work and a breach of supervision.
Russell made a voluntary appearance after failing to appear earlier. He was refused bail and remanded in custody for a report and sentence on September 4.
The report will assess his suitability for electronically-monitored sentence options.

Charged with burglary, Hemi Hanson Reihana Huntley, 33, was granted electronically-monitored bail to a Napier address pending a judge-alone trial on August 31. Huntley appeared via AV-link from a prison remand unit.

Rato Takao, 25, pleaded guilty to seven charges arising out of incidents in Opotiki about nine months ago.
The charges were three of wilful damage, theft (from a shop) and three breaches of bail.
Takao was sentenced to nine months supervision and ordered to make reparation for damage totalling $1887.

For twice breaching supervision by consuming alcohol, which she admitted, Eden Monteith, 27, was remanded on bail for sentence on September 4.

a man used a chain to smash a window in a house during an argument while he was intoxicated.
James Eric Edwards, 52, admitted wilful damage and a breach of bail. He was ordered to do 50 hours community work.
Reparation was not sought. The window has been fixed.

For common assault and breaching bail, which she admitted, Shanaea Tania Eliza Robyn Sanders, 23, was convicted and ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months.
Judge Cathcart said the assault on the male complainant was low level.
He accepted Sanders, heavily pregnant and emotional at the time, felt provoked by another woman present.

Abraham Maurirere, 45, admitted breaching release conditions. He was further remanded on bail for a report and sentence on September 4.
The report will assess his suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence.

Renee Michelle Semmens, 29, sales assistant, pleaded guilty to driving with excess breath-alcohol (491mcg) for the third or subsequent time, her fourth. She was ordered to do 120 hours community work and disqualified from driving for a year and a day.

William Arthur Harris, 23, admitted driving while disqualified for the third or subsequent time, his fifth. He was further remanded on bail for a report and sentence on September 20.
The report will canvass his suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence.

Mattie Phillip Neho, 26, admitted driving while forbidden for the third or subsequent time. He was ordered to do 220 hours community work and further disqualified from driving for a year and a day.
Neho was warned any further non-compliance would result in a sterner sentence.

Karsin Ezekil Peneha, 21, pleaded guilty to a raft of offences, including robbery, when he appeared in Gisborne District Court.
Peneha appeared via AV-link from a prison remand unit. He was further remanded in custody for a report and sentence on September 4. The report will canvass his suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence.

For unlawfully carrying a fake firearm and threatening to kill, Karl Jason Baxter, 41, was remanded on bail for sentence on September 4. A health specialist will report on an appropriate sentence.

Previously remanded in custody, Samson Wanoa, 31, entered not guilty pleas to charges arising from alleged family violence — wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, injuring with intent to injure and breaching a protection order. He elected trial by jury.
Wanoa was further remanded in custody for a Crown case review on September 21.
A charge of breaching release conditions, to which Wanoa was yet to plead, will follow alongside. Counsel Nicola Wright said a bail application would be made ahead of that date.

Wiremu Jessie Cougar Russell, 28, pleaded guilty to five charges in a raft of offences he faced, four of which he had previously admitted.
The charges were breach of a protection order, wilful damage, driving while disqualified, four breaches of bail, a breach of community work and a breach of supervision.
Russell made a voluntary appearance after failing to appear earlier. He was refused bail and remanded in custody for a report and sentence on September 4.
The report will assess his suitability for electronically-monitored sentence options.

Charged with burglary, Hemi Hanson Reihana Huntley, 33, was granted electronically-monitored bail to a Napier address pending a judge-alone trial on August 31. Huntley appeared via AV-link from a prison remand unit.

Rato Takao, 25, pleaded guilty to seven charges arising out of incidents in Opotiki about nine months ago.
The charges were three of wilful damage, theft (from a shop) and three breaches of bail.
Takao was sentenced to nine months supervision and ordered to make reparation for damage totalling $1887.

For twice breaching supervision by consuming alcohol, which she admitted, Eden Monteith, 27, was remanded on bail for sentence on September 4.

a man used a chain to smash a window in a house during an argument while he was intoxicated.
James Eric Edwards, 52, admitted wilful damage and a breach of bail. He was ordered to do 50 hours community work.
Reparation was not sought. The window has been fixed.

For common assault and breaching bail, which she admitted, Shanaea Tania Eliza Robyn Sanders, 23, was convicted and ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months.
Judge Cathcart said the assault on the male complainant was low level.
He accepted Sanders, heavily pregnant and emotional at the time, felt provoked by another woman present.

Abraham Maurirere, 45, admitted breaching release conditions. He was further remanded on bail for a report and sentence on September 4.
The report will assess his suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence.

Renee Michelle Semmens, 29, sales assistant, pleaded guilty to driving with excess breath-alcohol (491mcg) for the third or subsequent time, her fourth. She was ordered to do 120 hours community work and disqualified from driving for a year and a day.

William Arthur Harris, 23, admitted driving while disqualified for the third or subsequent time, his fifth. He was further remanded on bail for a report and sentence on September 20.
The report will canvass his suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence.

Mattie Phillip Neho, 26, admitted driving while forbidden for the third or subsequent time. He was ordered to do 220 hours community work and further disqualified from driving for a year and a day.
Neho was warned any further non-compliance would result in a sterner sentence.

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