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Gisborne District Court appearances

A police application to have a man re-sentenced on two assault charges, for which he was previously given a good behaviour bond type sentence, was granted.

The application was made because Logan Peter Quigley, 32, had re-offended within the timeframe specified in the previously-imposed bond.

Quigley pleaded guilty to the recent offence — assault within a family relationship — which involved his partner, one of the two complainants in the earlier assault charges.

For all three charges, Judge Haamiora Raumati imposed nine months' supervision and 60 hours community work.

The first of the earlier charges arose out of an incident when Quigley was homeless. It involved him presenting a knife during an altercation with the complainant outside a fast food business in central Gisborne.

The offences involving his partner related to Quigley grabbing and aggressively shaking the woman. During the second of those incidents, he also shoved her in the abdomen.

A man left unwanted voice messages and a text on his father's phone, breaching a protection order previously granted to his parents, the court was told.

Shane Somerville Morrow admitted the offence.

Judge Raumati noted it was a first breach of the order by Morrow and happened a year ago. There had been no further offending.

The judge imposed 40 hours community work.

Morrow also pleaded guilty to breaching supervision and two breaches of bail. On those, he was convicted and discharged.

Anthony Ian Chambers, 32, admitted breaching release conditions, by failing to report.

The offence was six months ago, the release conditions had since expired, and Chambers had not further offended, the court was told.

He was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months.

Medical emergencies a man claimed as the reason for driving while disqualified were confirmed in letters to the court from police and a health professional, Judge Raumati said.

Levi David Wehi Fawcett, 31, parent and beneficiary, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified for a third or subsequent time. He was sentenced to 40 hours community work and granted an application to avoid further disqualification.

Judge Raumati imposed a further 60 hours community work in lieu of Fawcett's outstanding fines debt of $3642, which was cancelled.

The fines were for minor, mainly traffic-related, matters. The judge said money Fawcett paid from his weekly benefit towards the debt would be better spent on a child in his care.

Hine Hale admitted drink-driving and driving while disqualified — both third or subsequent offences.

The drink-drive was Hale's seventh, but involved a low reading (476mcg) and was more than 10 years after her last one (2009), the court was told.

Hale was sentenced to 12 months' intensive supervision and will be subject to alcohol interlock and zero alcohol provisions when driving in future.

The offences were discovered at a routine checkpoint.

Judge Raumati said while a custodial sentence could be the starting point for this offending, there were also significant background factors to justify the more rehabilitative approach.

For a drink-drive offence three years ago (589mcg), Hayden Nerehana Grace, 35, was sentenced to 60 hours community work and disqualified for a year and a day.

He also admitted breaching court bail by failing to attend, for which he was subject to a further 40 hours community work.

Judge Raumati noted Grace's failure to attend was likely to be the main reason for it taking so long to reach sentencing. Counsel Lucy Rishworth said Grace had been living in Auckland and had sometimes been unable to travel to Gisborne for court. He had also been dealing with the death of his father.

Now back in Gisborne and fully employed, he had not missed any recently required appearances.

While the drink-drive was a third or subsequent offence, it involved a relatively low reading and his previous, relevant convictions were some time ago (2011 and 2006). This offence in January, 2017, was detected at a routine stop. Grace had not offended since, Ms Rishworth said.

Turi Joseph Brown, 34, was congratulated for successfully completing the process to have an indefinite driver disqualification lifted. That was no easy task, Judge Raumati said.

Because of it, Brown was granted an application to avoid further disqualification, which would otherwise be mandatory.

In lieu of the waiver, the judge imposed 60 hours community work.