Man admits obstruction over Linwood incident

Court House-general2A youth says he obtructed police from entering a house in Carnarvon Street, Linwood, where a child’s birthday party was turning violent because they had not been invited onto the property.

George Edward Cassidy Kitto, a 17-year-old farmhand from Kaiapoi, admitted the charge of intentionally obstructing police when he appeared in the Christchurch District Courth today.

He told police that he obstructed them last Saturday because they had not been invited onto the property.

Defence counsel Lee Lee Heah said Kitto had no previous convictions, and may have been offered the diversion scheme for first offenders, but in the incident that followed police officers were allegedly assaulted.

Judge Alistair Garland said Kitto’s behaviour of obstructing police was a continuation of a certain attitude that prevailed against the police at that address.

He said Kitto was a first time offender who made an error of judgement which he hoped he would not repeat, and fined him $300.

Perenura Hurinui, a 19-year-old gib stopper from Aranui, was charged with assaulting a police officer, assault with intent to injure, and behaving in a disorderly manner following the incident, and appeared in court on Monday. He was remanded in custody to appear again on December 22.


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