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A MAN who urinated on a First World War memorial in Queenstown has been fined $500. 

Amos Neale, 23, of Kaiapoi, near Christchurch, urinated on the gate memorial on Marine Parade near Queenstown Bay last Thursday. 

The memorial – to soldiers who fell in the 1914-18 war – is just 40 metres away from a block of public toilets.
Neale appeared in Queenstown District Court today, charged with offensive behaviour. 

Neale told the judge: “I just want to say I didn’t mean to offend the war veterans. 

“I’m, like, a bit ashamed.” 

Judge Kevin Phillips says: “A bit ashamed? 

“Of urinating on a public memorial to people who died to give you the way of life you enjoy. 

“This is a high level of offensive behaviour. Your attitude towards them is appalling.” 

Judge Phillips fined the defendant $500, half the maximum allowed for this type of offence. 

Problem gambler 

AN Arrowtown labourer with a gambling problem who committed a string of thefts has been told to expect jail time. 

David Thomas Perry, 30, of Adamson Drive, pleaded guilty to six charges of theft totalling more than $1100. 

Perry admitted driving off from several petrol stations without paying, including the Frankton BP. He also stayed in the Centennial Court Motor Inn in Alexandra for a week without paying. 

The defendant also stole an honesty box containing $20 and a pot of honey from a vendor in Millburn. 

Judge Phillips says: “You have a horrendous history in relation to dishonesty. 

“A prison sentence is inevitable.” 

Perry also admitted driving while forbidden when he appeared at Queenstown District Court. He was remanded in custody until sentencing next week. 

Wining and driving 

A WOMAN who shared two bottles of wine with a friend before driving to buy cigarettes has been disqualified.
 
Christine Holland, of Remarkables Crescent, Frankton, was double the drink drive limit when breathalysed by police. 

The 39-year-old blew 838 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400. 

Judge Phillips says: “There can’t have been much sharing to give that reading. 

“It is just appalling behaviour. You are 39 and were grossly intoxicated yet you chose to drive a motor vehicle. 

“It is hard to believe a person of your age could make such a stupid criminal decision. It is an alarmingly high level.” 

Holland was stopped by officers shortly before 11pm, December 30, on Kawarau Road, Frankton. She was fined $830 and banned from driving for seven months.