JULY COURT APPEARANCES
Donna Juanita Ngarewa, 47, Takapau, appeared in front of judge Bridget Mackintosh at the Waipukurau District Court on July 12 on a charge of driving with excess blood alcohol. Ngarewa had been stopped by Police on Meta St Takapau on June 12 after complaints about her driving, said to be “all over the road” and driving at 60km/h on SH2. A blood test came back with a reading of 182mg/100ml. The legal limit is 50mg per 100ml. Ngarewa said she’d had six beers, which Judge Mackintosh said there was no excuse for and that it was a high reading with driver fault. Ngarewa was convicted, sentenced to 80 hours’ community work and disqualified from driving for six months. James Stewart, 41, appeared from custody to plead guilty to one charge of receiving stolen property, relating to a motor vehicle he originally claimed to have bought for $1500 from an unknown male at McDonald’s Restaurant, Dannevirke. Stewart was convicted and sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, with special conditions on release that he undertake drug and alcohol assessment and a driver license programme. Ken Lewis Edwards, 41, fencer, Waipukurau, pleaded guilty to careless driving and refusing to give a blood specimen. Edwards was seen swerving across the centre line and narrowly missing another car while driving on Racecourse Rd Waipukurau on March 10. When stopped by Police he failed to complete a breath test and refused to undergo a blood test. Edwards was convicted and sentenced to 100 hours’ community work, disqualified from driving for 28 days and sentenced to an alcohol interlock license. Johnathon Taumata, 51, Waipawa, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of cannabis after being arrested by Police for another matter on July 2. Police were retrieving items from Taumata’s address when they located six bags containing 192g of cannabis. Taumata claimed it was for personal use for a number of medical conditions. Taumata was convicted and fined $500. Montana Kelly, 41, Waipukurau, pleaded guilty to charges of breaching community work, breach of bail, disorderly behaviour and resisting Police. Kelly was convicted and discharged on the first three charges, and convicted and sentenced to 40 hours’ community work on the charge of resisting Police.