Woman convicted over drug deal reprisal

A judge has found a woman guilty of holding a taser up to a drug dealer’s face, after a bogus drug deal the week before.

In the Christchurch District Court, Ursula Addie Case, 33, was convicted on a charge of assault with intent to rob, and was remanded on bail to appear for sentencing in Nelson District Court on May 24.

The judge-alone trial before Judge Bernadette Farnan heard that on December 4, 2015, Case contacted the victim and asked her to deliver some methamphetamine to an address in Armagh Street, Christchurch.

The victim turned up at the house and was detained by three people, while her boyfriend was told to go and get the $300 they had paid the previous week for methamphetamine, that turned out to be rock salt.

He drove away from the address and called the police.

The victim was verbally abused and threatened, including being told they were going to pimp her on Manchester Street and get the money back. She suffered a mark above her eyebrow and a cut in the assault.

In the trial one co-offender, 22-year-old Casey Marie Chamberlain, said she had punched the victim, but it was Case who owned the taser and had zapped it on and off near the victim’s face. She was sentenced on the same charge last June to one year and ten months’ prison.

The other co-offender, 25-year-old Chad Adam Carrington, had shouted at the victim, and taken her cell phone which he used to keep in touch with the boyfriend, repeatedly demanding money. He was sentenced on the same charge last May to a prison term of two years.

Judge Farnan read Case the first of the three strike warnings for repeat violent offenders, and asked for a report on the suitability of a home detention sentence, and an intensive supervision report. She told Case that it did not mean she would get home detention, but it would be considered.

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