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RWC helping hands
By PAUL MILLER
Napier Police Crime Prevention Adviser
For those of you who are already over
the Rugby World Cup (RWC), or who
dislike rugby with a passion, read on---
this could still involve you.
For those with silly hats and painted
faces (what are you -- six?) please also
take the rugby games out of the
equation and it will still be fun.
Heaps of grinning people pausing in
Napier, on holiday, money in their
pockets and no weight of expectation
that their team will progress beyond
the pool matches.
Now, it's up to us to be good hosts
and contribute to their happiness -- we
want these guys to have a fine time in
our place but some may need a local's
shoulder to lean on.
If a lad, or ladette, should be found
in a state suggesting spirituous and
fermented liquors are the cause of
heartfelt renditions of Flower of
Scotland or Danny Boy to slur forth,
and that the wallet, iPod or Omega
watch (bought off a bloke at a taxi
stand in Singapore on the way
through) are on view for all to see, we
might, as thoughtful hosts, offer some
assistance, or at least some advice.
Canadians should never be confused
with Americans, the language
is clearly different, just
remember a moose is a moose
and a hoose is a house and
you won't go wrong.
We would be remiss if we
didn't greet them all as cousins
and caution that the dirty
great GPS unit on the
dashboard of their dirty great
campervan might prove too
much of a temptation for us
simple folk -- we are a trading
nation and it could be that the
GPS would be seen by some as
an item eminently tradeable.
So let's be good hosts --
some of these people will need
looking after and that's down
It's nothing less than we
would want of our own kith
and kin were they having a
happy time in a foreign land.
Woman sentenced for fraud
A former Napier Sailing Club member who stole more
than $14,000 from the club now holds a position with
the Anglican Waiapu diocese, in which she handles
the parish's creditor payments.
Delwyn Dacre, 61, used a sailing club Pak'n'Save
charge card to rack up the bill on personal items
between October 2007 and April 2010.
Dacre, a club member for more than 20 years, was
found guilty on two charges of fraudulently using a
She was sentenced in the Napier District Court last
Wednesday. Judge Tony Adeane said Dacre used the
card to make 51 dishonest transactions and defended
the charges in a trial claiming she had been entitled
to use the card in the manner she had.
She claimed to have reimbursed the spending by
paying cash to another club member.
The member denied this during the trial and Judge
Adeane labelled Dacre's defence as ''desperately
implausible'' and said she had made an ''unwarranted
slur'' on the club member.
Dacre had no previous convictions.
Judge Adeane sentenced Dacre to 300 hours'
community work and ordered her to pay
reparation of $14,030 at payments of at least $20
Dacre's name suppression was lifted without
opposition from Dacre's lawyer or the Crown.
Judge Adeane said the public had a right to know
of Dacre's offending.
Dacre declined to comment when contacted by
The Waiapu diocese spans the central and
eastern North Island, including Hawke's Bay,
Eastland and Bay of Plenty.
Sailing club commodore Marty Weeks said the
club had every faith in the member Dacre
attempted to slur.
''This has taken up a lot of time and resources
we would rather put into sailing.
''We rely on volunteers so it was very
disappointing this occurred, especially from
someone who had given so many years' service,''
Mr Weeks said.
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