Thomas Walter Thompson
THE PRESS, 16th July 1999
A man on parole has been jailed for three years for the sexual violation of a 12-year-old girl.Thomas Walter Thompson, 36, had been recalled to prison and was sentenced by Judge Stephen Erber in the Christchurch District Court yesterday.He admitted one charge of sexual violation and his counsel David Ruth said he was full of remorse for his actions.Judge Erber said it was a sad case. Thompson had distanced himself from a gang he was involved with and had seemed to be on the road to repair.He said Thompson had committed the offence after smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol and encouraging the girl to do the same. It was a violent assault.
THE PRESS, April 25th 1997
Three members of the Highway 61 motorcycle gang were yesterday each sentenced to four years jail for using their fortified Papanui clubhouse as a ''corner dairy'' for the sale of cannabis.Dean Waka Nathan, 30, a solo father, Murray Arnold Simms, 27, a beneficiary, and Thomas Walter Thompson, 34, unemployed, each denied but were found guilty of conspiring to sell cannabis from the Vagues Road house over a 14-month period ending in October 1995.Simms and Thompson were also each found guilty of a separate count of selling cannabis from the house. Nathan, the registered owner of the house, was found guilty of allowing premises to be used for drug offences.
Judge Graeme Noble said the conspiracy, with three other men associated with the gang, involved what he categorised as ''the long- term, corner-dairy, retail-type operation''.''This was a blatant example of its type. Clearly this was a substantial operation being carried on for well over a year,'' he said.''Prison is the only appropriate sentence. Those who associate with gangs who indulge in illicit drug selling can expect stiff sentences.''Onlookers from the public gallery gasped as the four-year jail terms were announced.The court had been told a police surveillance showed that up to 72 people a day visited the house, most leaving within two minutes after allegedly buying cannabis.
Margaret Sewell, for the defendants, contended that relatively few of the visitors came to buy cannabis.She said two other Highway 61 members who were ''clearly the leading offenders'' in the drug sales from the house had been sentenced to 30 months and 18 months respectively after pleading guilty to supplying cannabis.
Date of Birth
Sexual violation of a 12-year-old Christchurch girl in early 1999
Also various cannabis related convictions
Sentenced to three years in July 1999
Sentenced to four years in April 1997
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