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Elderly man denies sexual violation charges

Elderly man denies sexual violation charges

A 75-year-old man has denied the sexual violation of a family member.
The man who has interim name, occupation and address suppression, appeared in the Ashburton District Court on Monday.
He denied charges of sexual violation of a family member between 2006 and 2013, as well as charges of detaining the person to have sex. He opted to have a jury trial.
If found guilty he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail.
Judge Campbell Savage remanded the man on bail.
Bail conditions include not to associate with the complainant and not to go within 5km of the Gisborne police station.
The man will appear again on September 4.

Knifepoint robbery
An Ashburton man allegedly stole a wallet, phone and vehicle at knifepoint.
Nathan Lee Rolton, 28, appeared by audio-visual link on a charge of aggravated robbery in Christchurch, as well as several recent charges of breaching a protection order in Ashburton.
He is alleged to have stolen a wallet, phone and vehicle at knifepoint in Christchurch on April 22, as well as breaching a protection order several times in May.
Rolton was remanded in custody without plea.
He will appear in the Ashburton District Court on the breach of protection order charges on May 29 and in the Christchurch District Court on the robbery charge on May 30.

Benefit fraud
A Timaru man has been remanded without plea on historic charges of benefit fraud.
Mark Thomas Adson, 49, who also goes by Mark Bernard Briggs, faces seven charges of receiving Work and Income payments while overseas, and receiving payments under a second name, in 2006 and 2007.
Duty lawyer Tiffany McRae said Briggs had returned to New Zealand in 2010 and had made several attempts to ask after the status of proceedings against him, including any warrants for arrest.
Briggs was remanded on bail until May 29 to allow him to apply for legal aid.
Judge Savage cancelled any outstanding warrants for arrest.

Advised to be careful
A security guard was advised to “be careful” after he was convicted on a charge of assault.
Hampstead man Michael John Dasilva, 36, admitted assaulting a man on February 19.
Duty lawyer Tiffany McRae said the assault occurred while Dasilva was working as a security guard.
“The victim was not co-operative,” she said.
McRae said Dasilva had some recent serious family violence convictions.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Stuart Whyte said Dasilva “was a little fastidious in his duties”.
Judge Savage said Dasilva had a history he could not ignore, but he could imagine how things played out that night.
Dasilva was convicted and fined $450, plus court costs.
“You’ve got to be very careful, with your history,” the judge warned.

Man admits receiving stolen diesel
A man with a history of dishonesty has admitted receiving fuel worth $4150 with reckless disregard to whether it was stolen or not.
Shannon Lee Ohlson, 32, admitted receiving an estimated 1800 litres of diesel and two 1000-litre fuel pods on February 20.
Judge Savage said Ohlson had a history of dishonesty. He remanded Ohlson on bail until August 21.
Ohlson’s bail conditions were varied to allow him to move into a new rental in Oxford in North Canterbury and to allow him to enter Methven to visit friends. The bail conditions include not to enter the Philip Wareing yard in Methven.

Defeating justice
Dwana Timutimu, 30, of Ashburton admitted defeating the course of justice.
Police attempted to pull over a car spotted driving dangerously on November 23 last year.
The car failed to stop for police.
Timutimu later told police she had been at the wheel, when she had in fact not been driving.
She also admitted failing to appear in court in February.
Timutimu will appear for sentencing on May 29.

Bail varied to allow rugby games
A man who admitted possessing a knife in a public place and not co-operating with police had his bail conditions varied to allow him to play rugby.
Reece Hemi, 35, admitted possessing a knife without a reasonable excuse on Queens Drive on February 14, and not providing an access code to police.
He was remanded for sentencing on May 29.
Judge Savage varied Hemi’s bail curfew and limitation to allow him to continue to play club rugby in the Ashburton District.

Fines for assault
An Allenton woman has been convicted and fined for an assault.
Kirsten Judith Anne Morgan, 40, admitted a charge of assault on January 8 after a dispute over facts was resolved.
Judge Savage fined her $350 plus $130 in court costs.

Bike theft
An Allenton man admitted stealing a mountain bike worth $5600 on March 12.
Jason Richard Beckley, 51, was convicted of theft over $1000 and remanded to July 24 to allow for restorative justice.
Beckley was encouraged to return the bike before sentencing.

Warrant issued
A warrant for arrest was issued for a Christchurch man who failed to appear in court.
Rakatau Hemi Te Aranui Rawiri, 33, is charged with drink driving, driving dangerously, failing to stop for police, and driving while disqualified on State Highway 1 on April 18.

Further disqualification
Troy Hotene, 32, received a further disqualification for his fifth conviction for driving while disqualified.
Judge Campbell gave Hotene credit for relocating to Ashburton to get away from bad influences in his life.
Hotene was sentenced to nine months’ supervision and disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Judge Savage backdated the disqualification to January 20 and said he was trying to give Hotene a point in the future where he could take steps to get his licence.
“One day it would be good to see you driving legally,” the judge said.
Assault admitted
Christchurch man Jake Isaac Freeman, 25, admitted three charges of assault on August 28.
He was convicted and remanded for sentencing on July 24.
Just Savage asked for a pre-sentence report to assess suitability for an electronically monitored sentence.

First offence
A Netherby man, Jason Alan Roberts, 43, appeared on a charge with impeding breathing on March 10.
Judge Campbell said while impeding breathing sounded like a serious charge, it was Robert’s first offence and at the lower end of the scale.
He sentenced Roberts to six months’ supervision and 40 hours’ community work.

Intentional damage
A 32-year-old man who has been sleeping rough in Ashburton was remanded on a charge of taking an e-bike for his own use and intentionally damaging two cars on January 5.
Shayden Storm Cavenagh will appear again on August 7.
Judge Campbell requested a cultural report before Cavenagh’s next appearance.