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Upper Hutt Leader : October 5th 2011
6 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 5, 2011 NEWS Whatever the weather, it's going to be a dry summer Wellington region's water storage lakes are due for earthquake strengthening and upsizing. What it means, is that for the next two summers we'll have one lake empty while the work is being carried out. This will affect everyone in Porirua, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Wellington, but if we all take measures to use a little bit less water, it should see us through. Look out for our spring tips to get your household set up for summer, and for updates on the progress of the project. For more information see our website. gw.govt.nz/water GRW 1048 Tagger faces $30,000 worth of reparations A 18-year-old has admitted helping to cause about $30,000 worth of van- dalism in Upper Hutt. Shannon Sidney Barrett pleaded guilty last week to about 60 shared charges of wilful damage. He vandalised more than 15 local businesses through graffiti and win- dow etching. Private and council property such as road signs, lamp posts, letter boxes, fences and a police cell were also damaged. Barrett was arrested with co-accused Charles Morgan, who has not entered a plea. The pair were apprehended at 2.45am on September 9, after they were allegedly seen on CCTV cameras vandalising a property. Defence counsel Stephen Iorns said Barrett had recently been accepted into a Limited Service Vol- unteer course with the New Zealand Defence Force. Mr Iorns said Barrett had issues with alcohol, but not drugs. Judge Carrie Wainwright said he was facing about $30,000 worth of reparations along with co-accused Morgan. He was remanded until December 14 so he could finish the course and complete a drug and alcohol assess- ment. Jet ski thieves get community work UPPER HUTT COURT Two Upper Hutt men stole a jet ski while the owner watched them from her window, the court was told last week. Blake Neil Thompson and Michael Allan Duchien Taniwha both admitted charges of theft and receiving stolen property. At 1.15am on July 7, they took a Sea-Doo jet ski valued at $5000, a police summary said. The police summary said: The victim, who was inside her house, heard a noise and looked out the window. The victim saw that two males had opened the front gate of the driveway and were pulling the jet ski and trailer up the drive. Thompson and Taniwha attached the jet ski to a silver four-wheel-drive vehicle parked nearby, the summary said. She noted the registration of the vehicle, and it was stopped 15 minutes later as it was driv- ing up Wallaceville Hill. When questioned they both denied all knowledge of stealing the jet ski. Police later located the jet ski and trailer at an Upper Hutt address. Two stolen stereo head units were found when the truck was searched and the men were seen with the jet ski on CCTV cameras at a nearby petrol sta- tion. Police also located a stolen staple gun and Stihl electric chainsaw at Thompson s address earlier in the day, along with 50 grams of cannabis. He admitted buying the two stolen items from a friend and possession of marijuana. Defence counsel Paul Paino said Thompson was a former drug user and was undergoing counselling for unrelated issues. This is a young lad whose life went off the rails and has come back on track again, Mr Paino said. Duty lawyer Mike Sceats rep- resented Taniwha and said his client s actions were based purely on lack of income. I had to make the decision to do something to get money [his client told him]. Judge Carrie Wainwright sentenced Thompson to 100 hours of community work and Taniwha to 120 hours. Make sure that you turn your life around, do not do drugs and do not steal. Do not come back to court again, she told Thompson. Child sex offender gets preventive detention A child sex offender who was caught in bed in Upper Hutt with his fifth victim was jailed indefinitely last Friday. Shane Frederick Stoneham, 27, was sentenced in the Wel- lington High Court to preventive detention, a sentence reserved for the country s highest risk offenders. In November, Stoneham was living at an Upper Hutt pro- perty where he was supposed to be under 24-hour watch by con- tractors to the Corrections Department unless sleeping or in the bathroom. He was caught in bed with a 14-year-old female runaway on November 22 after she sneaked into his room. The girl later told police she loved Stoneham and he had given her an engagement ring when she was 13. Justice Ronald Young told the court the indefinite sentence was to protect the safety of other young girls. You have often manipulated these young women for your own means so that you could have sexual relations with them. Stoneham had sexually offended against five girls under the age of 16 between 2001 and 2004. He had tried to contact his 14-year-old victim while in prison as his case progressed through the courts. You have significantly impaired the relationship between the victim s mother and the victim, Justice Young said. Stoneham was sentenced on one charge of unlawful sexual connection with the 14-year-old and four charges of breaching an extended supervision order.
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