Homeowner traumatised

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By GUY WILLIAMS – PIJF court reporter

An ARROWTOWN woman has been left traumatised after a drunk, disorientated man tried
to smash his way into her home, a court has heard.

On April 24, Aidan Tame Conrad-Hinga, 22, building apprentice, of Queenstown, walked on to the complainant’s Devon Street property about 4.30am and banged on her front door.

As she called the police, Conrad-Hinga, who also banged on the door with his head, kicked the door’s bottom window pane, causing it to shatter.

At his sentencing in Queenstown’s court on Monday, lawyer Megan Waller said the defendant was ‘‘incredibly drunk’’ and disoriented, and had gone to the wrong property.

His actions were neither deliberate nor malicious, and he was remorseful for frightening the
complainant.

He had referred himself for counselling, and was determined to address his alcohol issues.

Judge Catriona Doyle said the real damage was not to the pane of glass, but to the  complainant.

‘‘She has been absolutely traumatised by finding you on her property.

‘‘She was so frightened, she forgot how to work her phone to call for assistance.’’

The incident has had a lasting impact on her, including difficulty sleeping at night and ‘‘waking at the smallest sound’’.

On charges of intentional damage and unlawfully being in an enclosed yard, his sentence
was deferred for 12 months, and he must pay the property owner $400 reparation.

Other convictions

●  Jack Atkinson, 28, scaffolder, of Queenstown, dangerous driving, State Highway 1, Orewa, February 16, fined $500, disqualified six months.

●  Hugh John Shields, 26, fencer, of Albert Town, intentional damage, May 1, Wānaka, reparation $200, sentence deferred 12 months.

●  Bailey Wills McIntyre, 19, builder, of Frankton, drink-driving (under-20) 400mcg,
Hawthorne Drive, June 11, fined $400, disqualified three months.

●  Arana Eruera Rangihaeata Watson, 25, builder, of Queenstown, suspended driving, Lake
Esplanade, June 16, disqualified six months.

●  Kharl James Smith, 37, of Queenstown, intentional damage, June 5, Queenstown,
convicted and discharged, court costs $130.

●  Wilson Wirihana Josephs, 40, of Cromwell, aggravated suspended driving, State Highway
1, December 21, four months’ community detention.

●  Pearl Janine Wiki Te Amo, 37, labourer, of Queenstown, theft in a special relationship
(mobile phone and $50 cash), January 28; theft (tablet PC), April 18; theft (value $44.91),
property of Fresh Choice Queenstown, May 2; burglary, May 10; two charges of
breaching bail, June 7 and June 20, 12 months’ intensive supervision.

●  Brian Gregory Thompson, 56, dairy operations manager, of Luggate, drink-driving
(470mcg), Kane Road, April 23, fined $1000, court costs $130, disqualified six months.

●  Blake Aaron Cooper, 28, painter, of Wānaka, drink-driving (460mcg), breaching zero-alcohol licence, Wānaka-Luggate Highway, May 26, fined $1400, court costs $130, disqualified nine months.

●  Samuel Peter Hensley, 26, apprentice electrician, of Lake Hawea, drink-driving (84mg),
State Highway 84, Wānaka, May 18, fined $300, court costs $130, disqualified six months.

●  Max David Cadzow, 22, of Albert Town, drink-driving (595mcg), Wānaka-Luggate Highway, May 8, fined $450, court costs $130, disqualified six months.

●  Philippa Lynne Dawson, 49, of Wānaka, drink-driving (501mcg), Lakeside Rd, April 14, fined $500, disqualified six months.

●  Fabian Joshua Davis, 30, of Luggate, stealing a powerbank, property of Mitre 10 Wānaka, April 10, reparation $199.99, sentence deferred six months.

●  Samuel Louis Te Waiti, 29, skifield worker, of Wānaka, drink-driving (1105mcg), Shotover Street, Queenstown, February 20, disqualified six months.

●  Simon Robert Hawkins, 37, of Wānaka, drink-driving (446mcg), Aubrey Rd, January
15, fined $300, court costs $130, disqualified seven months.

●  Ashley John King, 30, building company owner, of Queenstown, drink-driving (930mcg), Thames St, Napier, April 23, fined $600, court costs $130, disqualified 28 days, alcohol interlock provisions.

●  Samantha Amy Sally Gent, 51, beauty therapist, of Arrowtown, drink-driving (750mcg),
Berkshire St, June 2, fined $1000, court costs $130, disqualified six months.