Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

320 Hours Community Service For Car Wrecks

26 March 2004
Press Statement

Graham Gordon sentenced to 320 hours Community Service; Warned that further breaches could mean jail

Waitakere man, Mr Graham Gordon, of Shaw Road, Titirangi has been sentenced to 320 hours of community work, for failing to comply with a court imposed Enforcement order and breaching the Waitakere City District Plan; both being breaches of the Resource Management Act.

Mr Gordon had been found guilty in an Environment Court jury trial in November, 2003, on charges relating to the storage of car wrecks and unauthorised dwelling units at on 184 Shaw Road and the presence of unauthorised dwelling units on the adjacent property, 202 Shaw Road .

Judge Fred McElrea adjourned sentencing until March 22 to give Mr Gordon the opportunity to clean up his property and improve his position before sentencing. Sentencing was completed on 23 March 2004 with Mr Gordon being sentenced to 320 hours of Community Work.

The Court also ordered Mr Gordon to pay $5,000 towards the costs of prosecution and made new enforcement orders requiring the removal of remaining unauthorised dwelling units and car wrecks and prohibiting new unauthorised dwelling units being established and car wrecks being brought onto the property.

In sentencing Mr Gordon, Judge McElrea stated that Mr Gordon had been extremely close to receiving a prison sentence. Judge McElrea recorded that he was giving Mr Gordon a final warning in relation to imprisonment, warning Mr Gordon that, if he were convicted for breaches of Enforcement Orders again, he could expect to go to prison for a significant period of time.

Judge McElrea indicated that because Mr Gordon had not removed all of the offending items from the property the amount of Community Work imposed was higher than it could have been had he completed the work.

The sentencing is the latest step in a saga that started in 1993 when Enforcement Orders were made by the then Planning Tribunal (the predecessor to the Environment Court).

The Council issued new proceedings on separate charges in 2001 and the prosecutions were finally dealt with in November last year.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election