Trollied in Arrowtown


A lawyer defending an intoxicated Arrowtowner’s bizarre actions after a motoring incident says he was “completely trolleyed”.

Queenstown lawyer Nic Soper (right) told Queenstown District Court on Monday his client Willem Hans Percival Stevenson, a bar tender, had exhibited “inexplicable stupidity” on October 20.

Sergeant Collin told the court Stevenson, 20, was at a party at Miner’s Way, Arrowtown, at 4.15am and had been drinking.

Stevenson got into his vehicle and drove a short distance before rolling it down a bank.

At that point, he then walked back along the road and entered a vehicle that didn’t belong to him, attempting and failing to start it and in doing so causing damage.

Sergeant Collin said Stevenson left clothing in the vehicle before leaving but when he was spoken to by police he admitted entering the car.

During examination of his own vehicle a small bag of cannabis was located in the glovebox, which he admitted was for his own use.

Soper said his client was so grossly intoxicated it had corroded his common sense: “To put it colloquially, he was completely trolleyed.”

Soper said Stevenson had endeavoured to move his vehicle, and rolled it down the bank and then returned to the address he’d been drinking at previously.

When he spotted someone else’s unlocked vehicle – similar to his own – he en­­tered it.

Soper says he appeared to try and start it using a dog lead.

“The next he knew he was getting out of the vehicle without his jeans on and without his shoes on, walking, effectively, in his underwear, towards where he was supposed to be staying.”

That house was full and Stevenson had no recollection after that.

At 9am he saw two people standing by the other person’s vehicle – again thinking it was his own and that people were attempting to break into it, Stevenson went to investigate.

It was then Stevenson discovered it was not his car, but inside it were his jeans and shoes.

Included in his sentence were special conditions to attend and complete an alcohol and drug assessment and any treatment or counselling as directed.

Judge Phillips sentenced Stevenson to nine months’ supervision for interfering with a vehicle that wasn’t his.

Judge Phillips also disqualified him four months and on the cannabis charge convicted him and fined him $150.

Assault with a bar

A Fernhill man who admitted assault with a metal bar has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Clinton James Hepi, 41, of Fernhill, earlier pleaded guilty to assaulting Caleb Ivory with a metal bar on May 5 at Queenstown, assaulting Kasiano Pasitale, and disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence, on September 21 at Queenstown.

Sergeant Ian Collin told the court Hepi had been drinking at Queenstown nightclub Debajo on May 5 when he was involved in an altercation with two males at 2.30am.

After the altercation Hepi was approached by Ivory who asked what happened.

The two men spoke for a short time and shook hands before Hepi left the bar, Collin said.

Ivory spoke to the other men involved before going outside to where Hepi was standing, holding a metal railing pole.

“He swung it and hit him on the right side of his forehead. The victim received a cut to his head requiring medical attention.”

Judge Phillips said the other matters occurred while Hepi was on bail.

At 1.50am on September 21 he was intoxicated and had been refused entry to a bar – he became abusive and walked over to where Pasitale was standing, against a fence.

Hepi took hold of each side of the fence around the victim, trapping him, and attempted to provoke him into punching Hepi.

When Pasitale didn’t react, Hepi punched him twice.

Defence counsel Mike Newell said Hepi was remorseful and believed alcohol was at the root of his problems and he’d “do anything to get the monkey off his back”.

His last conviction for violence was in 2005 and Hepi was disappointed he’d let himself down, the court heard.

From an overall starting point of two years and 10 months’ imprisonment, Judge Phillips reduced the sentence to one year and six months with no leave to apply for a substitute sentence.

On the disorderly behaviour charge he was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment, to be served simultaneously.

Judge Phillips remitted $600 in outstanding fines.

Minor matters

Charles Edward Donaldson, 22, of the United States was done for drink-driving, with a reading of 660mcg at Gorge Rd on November 17. Donaldson was fined $650 and disqualified from driving for six months.

Monty Archie Vass, 19, a kitchenhand, of Albert Town, threatened to do grievous bodily harm to Dion Newport and was given 60 hours’ community work.

Vass was also convicted of assault in relation to an incident on September 6 at Wanaka and was given 80 hours’ community work to be served cumulatively.

Tyson Allan William Sunderland, 18, of Lake Hawea, was convicted of having in his possession an offensive weapon – a metal bar – which prima facie showed an intention to use it to cause bodily injury.

For the incident at Wanaka on September 6 he was sentenced to nine months’ supervision with special conditions to attend and complete drug and alcohol counselling.

For an assault with intent on the same date he was given nine months’ supervision with special conditions and 140 hours’ community work – for another assault on September 6, Judge Phillips gave him nine months’ supervision with special conditions.