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tA Pyes Pa woman who cheated Work and Income out of $6754 in benefits has been sentenced to six months community detention and 100 hours community work.

Invalids beneficiary Tristram Rose Smith, 33, was sentenced in Tauranga District Court yesterday after earlier pleading guilty to one charge of misleading a Work and Income officer and four charges of falsely using a document for pecuniary advantage.

The charges relate to her failing to declare her part-time earning resulting in an overpayment between May 17, 2009 and May 19, 2011.

Smith was a repeat offender, with five previous similar convictions including one for stealing $11, 600 in benefits.


Police have arrested two Paeroa men after the vandalism of a memorial to a slain pizzeria owner. Police said there was no indication the men, aged 38 and 42, were connected to Jordan Voudouris' murder.


A Te Puke man whose younger brother was jailed for three years 10 months for manufacturing and dealing P has admitted he allowed his home to be used for that purpose.

Robert Speelman, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of allowing his premises to be used to manufacture methamphetamine just before the start of his trial in Tauranga District Court yesterday. 

He will be sentenced on August 23.

Simon John Speelman, 36, was jailed on February 11 this year for methamphetamine manufacturing related offences.


A Greerton man who brandished a hunting knife at another man after he got into a heated argument during a road-rage incident has been sentenced to 60 hours' community work.

Cameron Thomas Lloyd, 30s, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of an offensive weapon in Tauranga District Court yesterday.  The offence occurred on June 12 on Maleme St.


- Bay of Plenty Times

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