Jailed pensioner loses bid to launch appeal

By Jill Nicholas, Sandra Conchie

Greerton superannuitant Steven Lindsay Rennie, who was sentenced in Tauranga District Court in April last year, has had his appeal against conviction and sentence disallowed. Photo/File
Greerton superannuitant Steven Lindsay Rennie, who was sentenced in Tauranga District Court in April last year, has had his appeal against conviction and sentence disallowed. Photo/File

A Tauranga man has lost his bid to appeal his conviction and 21-month jail sentence after he clocked up his 14th conviction for drink-driving and 13th for driving while disqualified.

In the High Court at Rotorua yesterday, Justice Mark Cooper ruled that the appeal lodged by superannuitant Steven Lindsay Rennie, 65, could not proceed as it was laid out of time.

In March 2013, Rennie pleaded guilty to charges of driving with excess breath alcohol and driving while disqualified (both third or subsequent offences) and giving false details to police.

The charges stemmed from his being caught drink-driving in Paeroa on November 27, 2011, after being stopped at a checkpoint, and also giving a false name, date of birth and address.

As well as his jail term, Rennie was further disqualified from driving for a year and a day when he was sentenced by Judge Peter Rollo in Tauranga District Court on April 29 last year.

Rennie, who represented himself, argued that he had been unaware that he was still indefinitely disqualified from his last two drink-driving convictions in 2009.

However, Rennie's argument was moot as his appeal was thrown out.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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