A Mairehau man has admitted an intimidation charge with the police alleging that he lunged at a woman he spoke to in the street at New Brighton.
Mitchum Peyroux Ashwell, 39 and unemployed, pleaded guilty in the Christchurch District Court after the police agreed to reduce the original charge of attempted kidnapping.
Judge Raoul Neave remanded him on bail for sentencing on June 10. He said: “A pre-sentence report is a good idea, just to make sure there is nothing going on here that we haven’t spotted.”
He did not ask for a home detention report after being told that a rehabilitative sentence such as supervision was the likely recommendation.
Ashwell had pleaded not guilty to the attempted kidnapping charge after his arrest in December and the case had been heading for trial before today’s agreement on the intimidation charge.
Crown prosecutor Pip Currie told the court that Ashwell had been sitting alone in his vehicle outside Thompson Park on Marine Parade, New Brighton, on December 18.
As a woman walked passed, he opened the passenger window and called out to attract her attention. When she approached the open car window, he said: “C’mon and get in the car and let’s go have some fun today.”
When the woman said “No”, Ashwell lunged at her with both arms through the window in an attempt to grab her.
The woman quickly walked away, calling her husband on her cellphone, and Ashwell drove off.
When interviewed, Ashwell admitted speaking to her, but denied reaching for her or having any sinister intentions. He could not explain why he spoke to her, or what he would have done if she had agreed to get in the car.