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Gisborne District Court news

The following people recently appeared before visiting judge Michael Crosbie in Gisborne District Court:

The basis of the police case against a man charged with making an intimate visual recording was still unknown to his counsel who had not yet been able to view the footage, the court was told.

Counsel Lucy Rishworth said the device on which the recording was allegedly found, was seized by police two months ago yet the footage had still not been disclosed to her.

Judge Crosbie directed police to ensure it was made available to counsel within two weeks.

If there was still no disclosure by the next call of the case on August 9, it would be difficult for the court to resist a defence application for discharge, the judge said.

He granted a final adjournment for the disclosure to be made.

The 35-year-old man’s name was suppressed to protect the identification of the complainant.

Hira John Wharepapa pleaded not guilty to two sets of charges; the first made up of dangerous driving and failing to stop, which will be heard at a judge alone trial.

On the second set of charges — assault with a blunt instrument, escaping police custody, and driving dangerously — Wharepapa elected a jury trial.

All matters will be called for a case review hearing on August 23.

Wharepapa, who appeared via AV-link from a prison remand unit, was further remanded in custody until then, subject to the outcome of an application for electronically-monitored bail, on August 9.

Cherishe Shakira Te Purei, 32, was to appear solely on two previously-admitted charges of driving while disqualified for a third or subsequent time, but now faced further charges, the court was told.

The new charges — burglary, being unlawfully in a yard, and unlawfully getting into a vehicle — arise from an incident in which she allegedly got into a vehicle with gang members and rustled sheep, counsel Mana Taumaunu said.

There was also a charge for breaching bail.

On these new matters, Te Purei was further remanded on bail without plea for a registrar’s list on August 4.

The previously-admitted charges will run alongside. Judge Crosbie said given issues underlying Te Purei’s offending, including addiction, it was best all matters were ultimately dealt with together.

Tyler Tanja Rahera Ngareta Gray, 30, pleaded guilty to theft from a shop, two counts of wilful trespass, and a breach of bail.

Judge Crosbie noted the offences happened while Gray was subject to supervision.

The court heard Gray’s offending was underpinned by her drug addiction. However, she was due to attend a two-week, marae-based rehabilitation course at Rangitukia.

Gray has other active charges to which she previously pleaded guilty and on which she was previously referred to the Family Harm Intervention Court — two common assaults and a charge of shoplifting.

Judge Crosbie said these new matters should also be transferred to that court, where Gray is next scheduled to appear on September 14.

Wiremu Tyrone Takarangi, 30, logging contractor, pleaded guilty to drink-driving (1017 micrograms) for a third or subsequent time, driving while disqualified, and giving false information.

The judge noted Takarangi’s past three convictions were all in close proximity and involved high readings.

He was further remanded on bail for sentence on August 13.

Pre-sentence reports ordered included a specialist alcohol and other drug one.

Rayne Roimata Birch, 30, quality controller, pleaded guilty to drink-driving (97milligrams) while subject to alcohol interlock licence conditions and driving contrary to the conditions of that licence.

She was further remanded for sentence on September 8. Pre-sentence reports directed by the court included one assessing the suitability of electronically-monitored sentence options and a specialist alcohol and other drug report.