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Upper Hutt Leader : November 23rd 2011
18 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 NEWS Need a tradesman? Our service is hassle free. All our trade suppliers come with glowing references, so call us today. Glass fitter Plumber Roofer Electrician Gasfitter Gardener Paver Cat door Builder Heat pumps Pool cleaner Appliance repairs www.intelligenttradeservices.co.nz Insulation 3835908AA 0508 443 284 TradeServices iIntelligent Trade Services Ltd 4204264AA Talking Real Estate with Steve Slicker Hi folks, During the last four years there haven't been many positive property market reports, you may see one article saying prices have dropped one month and the people who say it then say prices have risen the next month. I prefer to take a year on year perspective, January on January, February on February etc, so with this in mind I am delighted to say that the number of property sales in Upper Hutt has risen again. There were 52 property s ale sinOc t obe r 201 1c o mpa r ed with 32 in October 2010. This trend has carried on all the way through 2011 and as it stands today there are 578 sales year to date in our lovely city compared with 448 at the same time last year. While this is great news for the market place, it has to be remembered that there are approximately 500 properties for sale cur rently in Upper Hutt, with only 52 sales in October. That is an extremely large percentage of properties still available. As we are in the "selling season" I would expect the number of sales in November and December to increase and that would just follow recent yearly trends. Indeed I often talk about the optimum 5 months to sell, mid October -- mid December and February, Ma rch and April, but the busiest selling month in the last 2 years was December 2010. 0To clarify, the quietest sales year in years had the busiest selling month. Sometimes I get the feeling with the property market that the more I learn, the less I know! 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We support Upper Hutt local business and local customers are our priority. 4134877AC • Electrolux • Westinghouse • Gaggenau • Smeg • Maytag • Award • Simpson • Bosch • Delonghi • Classique • L.G. • Parmco • Washing Machines • Fridges/Freezers • Dehumidifiers • Rangehoods • Driers • Waste Disposal • Dishwashers • Cookers UPPER HUTT DISTRICT COURT Must face consequences Travel restrictions a result of actions An Upper Hutt man who drove his car at his ex-partner while his two-year-old son was in the front seat tried to get a dis- charge without conviction so he could travel to Canada, the court was told last week. Conor O'Donnell, 29, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of utensils for the consumption of cannabis. Judge Geoffrey Ellis denied his request for a discharge and said his offending was of a serious nature and would carry consequences. O'Donnell was sentenced to 80 hours of community work and disqualified from driving for six months. At noon on June 19 O'Donnell went to the Fig Tree Cafe on Fergusson Dr to return his two-year-old son to his ex- partner, Prosecuting Sergeant Ian McDonald said. She was at the cafe with her new boyfriend and was asked by O'Donnell to come outside the cafe for a chat. Once outside the cafe and away from the new boyfriend the defendant started an argument and became enraged to the point where he deliberately spat at her, hitting her on the left shoulder,'' Mr McDonald said. O'Donnell then got into his vehicle and drove it at his ex-partner's car. She was standing in the way and jumped out of the way to avoiding being hit. O'Donnell then hit her car causing minor damage. The defendant had his two-year-old son in the front seat of his vehicle in a car seat.'' The defendant then drove away with his son and returned three minutes later, Mr McDonald said. He got out of his vehicle in a very aggressive manner and approached the new boyfriend, who by this stage was standing by the ex-partner. At this time, the defendant was yelling abuse at the new boyfriend . . . he then returned to his vehicle and took a crowbar from the boot.'' O'Donnell continued to yell at his ex- partner and her boyfriend causing them to fear they would be hit with the crow- bar, Mr McDonald said. The defendant was located a short time later in his vehicle at a nearby rural area and a search of his vehicle revealed drug utensils which O'Donnell admitted to using to smoke cannabis. Defence counsel Ian Hard said O'Don- nell badly over-reacted to seeing his ex- partner with a new man and that he regretted his actions. Mr Hard applied for a discharge with- out conviction, stating the offending was minor and the consequences of a convic- tion would outweigh the act. The parties have moved on from the incident. Mr O'Donnell wants to travel to North America in the near future and a conviction will make it hard, if not impossible, for him to get into Canada and the United States.'' Mr Hard also stated the dangerous driving incident was not dangerous as the car was going at a low speed and there was no damage to the ex-partner's car. Judge Ellis ruled out giving him a dis- charge, saying the offending was in no way minor. This isn't just one spur of the moment lapse of judgement. This is domestic vio- lence offending. It involves your child and your former partner. She's getting on with her life and you're supposed to be enjoying time with your child and you insult her in a humiliating way. I'm sure she must have been genuinely terrified that you were driving at her . . . then you came back . . . brandishing a crowbar. I think it's serious offending.'' Judge Ellis said O'Donnell's plans to travel had no bearing on his decision and the travel restrictions that come with having convictions were part of the con- sequences of his actions. Do you know this man? Police hope to identify this male, accused of stealing a socket from Mitre 10 Mega in Upper Hutt about 6pm on Saturday, October 29. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt, a dark cap with a logo on the front and has dark hair. If you have any information about him, contact Senior Constable Flora Nielsen at Upper Hutt police station on 527 2300.
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