Gisborne District Court
Sonny George Tuhou, 46, pleaded guilty to three counts of driving while disqualified – each third or subsequent offences, and three breaches of bail. On those matters, he was further remanded on bail for a report and sentence on May 7.
On charges arising from a domestic incident — assault on a person in a family relationship and strangulation — Tuhou changed his previous not guilty pleas to guilty. Those matters were transferred to be called in the Intervention Court on March 17.
Jamie Leigh Reihana, 33, admitted drink-driving (935 micrograms) for a third or subsequent time. She was further remanded on bail for sentence on May 7.
Judge Raumati noted police stopped Reihana for speeding and discovered she was on supervision for an earlier drink-drive offence, also involving a high reading.
Given that, the offending warranted an electronically-monitored sentence, the judge said.
A necessary report assessing Reihana's suitability for that sentence, was ordered.
Kim Sousse Smiler, 37, admitted drink-driving (820mcg) for a third or subsequent time. She was further remanded on bail for report and sentence on May 7.
Stopped by police when she appeared to be evading a check point, Marrisse Matirita Te Kani-Love, 32, parent, returned a breath-alcohol reading of 870mcg.
Te Kani-Love admitted the offence — her second, the last being in 2018 and also involving a high reading.
She was fined $600, disqualified for eight months, and will be subject in future to zero-alcohol licence provisions.
Counsel Heather Vaughn said Te Kani-Love chose to drive in order to remove her children from a place where family were fighting.
Peter Smiler, 44, shearer, admitted drink-driving (798mcg) for a third or subsequent time — his third, the previous being in 2012 and 2008. He was sentenced to six months' supervision and disqualified from driving for a year and a day.
Mark Heoutu Campbell, 54, pleaded guilty to driving with excess blood-alcohol (278 milligrams), and driving contrary to his zero-alcohol licence. He was further remanded at large for report and sentence on May 7.
The report will traverse the suitability of electronically-monitored sentencing options.
Rihara Eruera Raharuhi Maxwell, 35, admitted driving while disqualified for a third or subsequent time. He was further remanded at large until May 7 for sentence and an application to avoid further disqualification.
Tamati Trevor Williams, 34, admitted driving while his licence was revoked for a third or subsequent time and giving false details. Williams was further remanded at large for sentence on these and other, previously-admitted matters on January 20.
Robert John Gingles, 32, admitted two counts of driving while disqualified for a third or subsequent time. He was further remanded on bail for sentence on February 3.
For driving dangerously and while intoxicated, each of which he admitted, Natana Teiwi Wiringi was further remanded on bail for sentence on May 7.
A report into the suitability of an electronically-monitored sentence was ordered.