Accused of importing $35k of ecstasy

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A French national charged with importing $35,000 worth of ecstasy to Queenstown has appeared in court.

Fabrice Rene Lorenzo Cattelan, 29, who’s a computing professional, was remanded on bail on Monday.

He allegedly imported 108 grams of class B-controlled MDMA on August 7 in Queenstown.

Appearing before Judge Peter Hobbs, Cattelan did not enter a plea. He’s due to appear again on November 26.

His bail conditions include his passport continuing to be held by police, he cannot apply for a travel document, and he cannot possess non-prescription drugs.

Insanity ruling

A man who threw a dead cat at a car while it was being driven on a highway near Queenstown has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

The former Queenstowner was also found not guilty of intentional damage and offensive behaviour for the same reason when he appeared in Queenstown’s court by audio-visual link on Tuesday.

Judge Peter Hobbs granted the defendant permanent name suppression.

At the time of the offending, which occurred near the resort on April 22, the defendant was “significantly unwell”, he said.

That offending was serious and “placed the public at significant risk”.

The man was undergoing compulsory treatment and was now stable.

He would support a community-based treatment order when the man’s clinicians considered that appropriate.

Convictions

-William Andrew Kaahu Strange, 24, farmer, of Invercargill was sentenced in the Invercargill District Court on September 25. He admitted charges of, with others, taking a Nissan Terrano, valued at $5000, property of Andras Balogh; taking a Briford trailer, valued at $800, property of Outside Sports; and taking a Suzuki motorcycle valued at $4000, property of Noah Pierssene, all on October 30 in Queenstown. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half months’ community detention.

-Campbell John Robertson, 20, Queenstown Resort College student, of Sunshine Bay, driving while disqualified, Fernhill Rd, September 17, disqualified six months starting on November 18.

-Jamin Kane Beattie, 26, retailer, of Queenstown, possession of cannabis, September 28, in Queenstown, fined $200.