Gisborne District Court news

Restorative justice could be an important step in ensuring a dispute between neighbours was properly resolved, Judge Chris McGuire said.

The judge refused to sentence Andrew Christian Burgess, adjourning the case until April 26 for a pre-sentence report and referral to the restorative justice process.

Burgess pleaded guilty to common assault (laid under the Crimes Act) and a charge of assaulting a female (reduced from one of assault with a blunt instrument).

Counsel Lucy Rishworth said Burgess would prefer to be sentenced immediately. He felt issues had already been adequately resolved. The incident to which the charges related was last October, Burgess had since trespassed his neighbours from his property and there had been no further problems.

Judge McGuire said restorative justice was necessary if the parties were going to remain neighbours.

“It can’t do any harm to give it a try”, the judge said.

Marcella Reedy, pleaded not guilty to possession of an offensive weapon. She was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial in the Wairoa District Court on April 15.

Conan Fraser Nepe, 36, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of assaulting a female and threatening behaviour. Nepe was further remanded on bail, with the case transferred to the Family Harm Intervention Court where it will be called again on February 26.

Robbie Michael McKay, pleaded not guilty to wilful damage and was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial on April 1.

Murray Morelli Sheridan, 27, pleaded not guilty to possession of cannabis for supply. He elected trial by jury and was further remanded on bail for a Crown call-over list on April 3.

Wayne Manutahi Hira pleaded guilty to an amended charge of threatening behaviour. A charge of wilful damage was withdrawn.

He was further remanded on bail for report and sentence on May 23.

The report would canvass the suitability of electronically-monitored sentence options.

A charge faced by a woman, of ill-treating or neglecting a child under the age of 18, was reduced to one of leaving a child without reasonable supervision.

Amy Alice Crawford, 33, pleaded guilty to the charge and to others of common assault, threatening behaviour, driving with excess breath-alcohol, and breaching bail.

She was further remanded on bail for a report and sentence on April 26.

Lal William Tuhura, 40, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified for the third or subsequent time and two breaches of bail but not guilty to a charge of common assault (domestic), on which he elected a judge-alone trial.

On all matters, he was further remanded until April 2, with the denied matter scheduled as a reserve trial for that week.

Charged with dangerous driving, Aroha Green, 37, changed her previous plea of not guilty to guilty.

She was further remanded on bail for sentence on that and other matters on April 9.

In relation to the driving, police told the court reparation would be sought for damage Green caused to two vehicles.

Tony Robert Keene, 51, machine operator, who previously pleaded not guilty to drink-driving (503mcg) for a third or subsequent time, was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial on April 2.

Restorative justice could be an important step in ensuring a dispute between neighbours was properly resolved, Judge Chris McGuire said.

The judge refused to sentence Andrew Christian Burgess, adjourning the case until April 26 for a pre-sentence report and referral to the restorative justice process.

Burgess pleaded guilty to common assault (laid under the Crimes Act) and a charge of assaulting a female (reduced from one of assault with a blunt instrument).

Counsel Lucy Rishworth said Burgess would prefer to be sentenced immediately. He felt issues had already been adequately resolved. The incident to which the charges related was last October, Burgess had since trespassed his neighbours from his property and there had been no further problems.

Judge McGuire said restorative justice was necessary if the parties were going to remain neighbours.

“It can’t do any harm to give it a try”, the judge said.

Marcella Reedy, pleaded not guilty to possession of an offensive weapon. She was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial in the Wairoa District Court on April 15.

Conan Fraser Nepe, 36, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of assaulting a female and threatening behaviour. Nepe was further remanded on bail, with the case transferred to the Family Harm Intervention Court where it will be called again on February 26.

Robbie Michael McKay, pleaded not guilty to wilful damage and was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial on April 1.

Murray Morelli Sheridan, 27, pleaded not guilty to possession of cannabis for supply. He elected trial by jury and was further remanded on bail for a Crown call-over list on April 3.

Wayne Manutahi Hira pleaded guilty to an amended charge of threatening behaviour. A charge of wilful damage was withdrawn.

He was further remanded on bail for report and sentence on May 23.

The report would canvass the suitability of electronically-monitored sentence options.

A charge faced by a woman, of ill-treating or neglecting a child under the age of 18, was reduced to one of leaving a child without reasonable supervision.

Amy Alice Crawford, 33, pleaded guilty to the charge and to others of common assault, threatening behaviour, driving with excess breath-alcohol, and breaching bail.

She was further remanded on bail for a report and sentence on April 26.

Lal William Tuhura, 40, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified for the third or subsequent time and two breaches of bail but not guilty to a charge of common assault (domestic), on which he elected a judge-alone trial.

On all matters, he was further remanded until April 2, with the denied matter scheduled as a reserve trial for that week.

Charged with dangerous driving, Aroha Green, 37, changed her previous plea of not guilty to guilty.

She was further remanded on bail for sentence on that and other matters on April 9.

In relation to the driving, police told the court reparation would be sought for damage Green caused to two vehicles.

Tony Robert Keene, 51, machine operator, who previously pleaded not guilty to drink-driving (503mcg) for a third or subsequent time, was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial on April 2.

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