What's happening in Tauranga District Court


A Papamoa Beach solo mother who bought a $3000 car from a stranger for $100 knowing it was stolen faces up to seven years in prison.

Kahlia Renayne Dehar, 32, pleaded guilty in Tauranga District Court yesterday to a charge of receiving stolen property (over $1000 in value).

Dehar, who is on bail, is due to be sentenced on July 6.

The police summary of facts said that between April 5 and May 16, Dehar met a man at a party who offered her a car for $100.

She agreed to buy the car for $100 even after he told it was stolen and the subject of an insurance fraud.

About 1.30am on May 16 Dehar was driving the car along Domain Rd, Papamoa, when a front tyre blew.

She parked on the side of the road and when questioned by a passing police patrol, admitted she had bought the car knowing it was stolen.

She had intended using it for a few weeks before getting rid of it.

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A woman who punched a man in the face several times, then stomped on his head before kicking him in the head and taking his car for a joyride claimed he had repeatedly groped her breasts.

Coreen Ngahoro Ririnui, 19, from Greerton, pleaded guilty to charges of assault with intent to injure and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle in Tauranga District Court yesterday.

The charges stem from an incident at her Chadwick Rd home on March 15 where she and the complainant had been socialising and talking at the front of her property.

The 53-year-old complainant suffered severe bruising to his face and shoulder. After he tried to grab her around the shoulders, Ririnui grabbed his head and punched him the face about seven or eight times, then twice stomped on his head before kicking him in the head.

Later that same evening Ririnui came into possession of his car keys and took the car for a joyride, before returning the keys to the him after he confronted her. Ririnui told police the victim had grabbed her breasts several times.

She was further remanded on bail pending sentence on July 6.

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A Papamoa Beach man caught growing a large crop of cannabis plants in the Kaimai Range after a tipoff to police by a passing motorist has been sentenced to eight months' home detention. Allan John Mullinder, 45, who had pleaded guilty to a joint charge of cultivating cannabis, was also sentenced to 150 hours' community work. The Tauranga District Court was told yesterday that Mullinder and Norman Rumble, 51, also of Papamoa Beach, who pleaded guilty to a similar charge last month, were caught on February 27 this year after spending several hours clearing an area of scrub and planting 16 cannabis plants which were 1m tall. They were seen by a passing motorist walking out of a farm. Mullinder's sentence requires him to undertake drug and alcohol counselling. Rumble, who had one prior cannabis conviction, was sentenced to four months' community detention and nine months' supervision on May 14, while Mullinder had 10 previous drug convictions between 1984 and 2010.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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