Sentenced to community work, reparation

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A deceitful call to police and a fake drug deal landed two men in the Oamaru District Court yesterday.

An Oamaru man along with his Otaio associate were sentenced to community work and ordered to pay $2500 reparation after making a false statement to police and deceiving another person in September.

Corey Reopo Douglas, 25, of Oamaru, and William Thomas Milmine, 26, of Otaio, appeared in the Oamaru District Court yesterday on a charge of making a false statement to police and another charge of obtaining property by deception.

Judge Joanna Maze sentenced both offenders to 75 hours’ community work on each charge (to be served concurrently) and ordered them to pay $1250 reparation each.

Douglas had been in contact with the victim, a 29-year-old Irish man, on Tuesday, September 2, to organise a pick-up of cannabis for the victim the next day.

He then texted Milmine to ask for help in his plan and picked up the victim the following morning, Wednesday, September 3.

Douglas and the victim drove to Temuka where the false drug-deal was supposed to take place and parked in the Subway car park on King St.

Throughout the journey Milmine had been texting and calling Douglas pretending to be the drug-dealer.

On arrival at the car park, the victim gave Douglas $1500 and his Samsung Galaxy S5 cellphone along with accessories for eight ounces of cannabis.

Douglas left the victim in the car before meeting Milmine and calling the police stating that there was someone, of the victim’s description, acting suspiciously in the Subway car park.

Douglas told police communications, with Milmine adding things in the background, that the man was wearing a balaclava and going to do something bad.

Temuka police attended and found the victim in the car before being told what really happened.

Milmine’s defence counsel Ngaire Alexander said it was not his idea and he did not know about the plan to call the police but did go along with it.

Judge Joanna Maze said both offenders played equal roles in this predatory activity which took advantage of someone in their weakness and sentenced them accordingly.

Reparation was sought as neither the money nor the cellphone were recovered.

The victim has since left the country.