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Gisborne Courthouse. File picture by Rebecca Grunwell

A woman’s claim she was going to see her children the night she drove with a breath-alcohol level four times the legal limit, has alarmed a judge in Gisborne District Court.

Judge Charles Blackie said he hoped she was not planning on driving the children anywhere.

Jessica Alison Te Puni, 29, pleaded guilty to drink-driving with a breath-alcohol reading of 1050 micrograms.

Judge Charles Blackie said he feared the risk Te Puni might have been planning to take with her children.

The judge sentenced Te Puni to 50 hours community work and disqualified her from driving for six months. She will be subject to a zero-alcohol licence afterward. Counsel Leighvi Maynard said it was Te Puni’s first offence.

Ryan Kadin Taukamo, 22, pleaded guilty to burglary, wilful damage, a breach of bail, and two breaches of release conditions when he appeared in Gisborne District Court.

He maintained not guilty pleas to aggravated assault, escaping custody and resisting arrest.

On the three denied matters, all of which arise out of one incident, he was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial on July 22. The admitted matters will follow alongside.

Aroha Green, 37, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, two breaches of bail, and a breach of supervision. Police withdrew a charge of unlawfully taking a vehicle. Green was further remanded on bail for sentence on May 24.

Kavan Kara, 22, pleaded guilty to assault after the charge was reduced from one of assaulting a female, intimidation, and theft (of a mobile phone).

Kara, who appeared via AV-link from a prison, was further remanded in custody for report and sentence on June 26.

He will also be sentenced that day for separate Crown-scheduled charges — burglary and possession of an offensive weapon.

Emilio Williams, 21, changed his previous not guilty pleas to guilty on two charges of unlawfully possessing firearms or ammunition.

He will be sentenced for those and a previously-admitted breach of court release conditions on April 29. Williams was further remanded in custody where he is awaiting a case review hearing next month for a Crown-scheduled offence, which he denies.

A man was injured by flying glass after a dispute with Moses Reihana, 50, who grabbed a plank of wood and smashed a window, Gisborne District Court was told.

Reihana pleaded guilty to wilful damage and possession of an offensive weapon. He received nine months supervision and 80 hours community work.

A teenager was exited from the Family Harm Intervention Court, so will now be dealt with in the district court.

Patuera Cooper, 18, pleaded guilty to assaulting a female, driving while unlicensed, and unlawfully taking a vehicle. He was further remanded on bail for report and sentence on July 25.

A woman’s claim she was going to see her children the night she drove with a breath-alcohol level four times the legal limit, has alarmed a judge in Gisborne District Court.

Judge Charles Blackie said he hoped she was not planning on driving the children anywhere.

Jessica Alison Te Puni, 29, pleaded guilty to drink-driving with a breath-alcohol reading of 1050 micrograms.

Judge Charles Blackie said he feared the risk Te Puni might have been planning to take with her children.

The judge sentenced Te Puni to 50 hours community work and disqualified her from driving for six months. She will be subject to a zero-alcohol licence afterward. Counsel Leighvi Maynard said it was Te Puni’s first offence.

Ryan Kadin Taukamo, 22, pleaded guilty to burglary, wilful damage, a breach of bail, and two breaches of release conditions when he appeared in Gisborne District Court.

He maintained not guilty pleas to aggravated assault, escaping custody and resisting arrest.

On the three denied matters, all of which arise out of one incident, he was further remanded on bail for a judge-alone trial on July 22. The admitted matters will follow alongside.

Aroha Green, 37, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, two breaches of bail, and a breach of supervision. Police withdrew a charge of unlawfully taking a vehicle. Green was further remanded on bail for sentence on May 24.

Kavan Kara, 22, pleaded guilty to assault after the charge was reduced from one of assaulting a female, intimidation, and theft (of a mobile phone).

Kara, who appeared via AV-link from a prison, was further remanded in custody for report and sentence on June 26.

He will also be sentenced that day for separate Crown-scheduled charges — burglary and possession of an offensive weapon.

Emilio Williams, 21, changed his previous not guilty pleas to guilty on two charges of unlawfully possessing firearms or ammunition.

He will be sentenced for those and a previously-admitted breach of court release conditions on April 29. Williams was further remanded in custody where he is awaiting a case review hearing next month for a Crown-scheduled offence, which he denies.

A man was injured by flying glass after a dispute with Moses Reihana, 50, who grabbed a plank of wood and smashed a window, Gisborne District Court was told.

Reihana pleaded guilty to wilful damage and possession of an offensive weapon. He received nine months supervision and 80 hours community work.

A teenager was exited from the Family Harm Intervention Court, so will now be dealt with in the district court.

Patuera Cooper, 18, pleaded guilty to assaulting a female, driving while unlicensed, and unlawfully taking a vehicle. He was further remanded on bail for report and sentence on July 25.

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