Sharnae Helena McLoone is our Idiot of the Week

A Blenheim woman was “carrying on like a gangster” when she fired a BB gun at a group of young people in a Burger King car park, a judge has said.

Judge Tony Zohrab said he almost laughed reading the summary of facts, until he realised the defendant Sharnan Helena McLoone had a child.

McLoone, 21, admitted unlawfully possessing an imitation firearm and driving while disqualified at the Blenheim District Court on Monday.

Police said McLoone drove into a Burger King car park on Halifax Rd, in Nelson, about 9pm on February 12.

She stared at the group of young people as she passed and when she left the drive-through, she parked beside them and spoke to them through the car window.

She asked what they said as she drove past, told them they were being smart, and shouted abuse at them.

McLoone pointed a BB gun at them.

She told them again they were being smart, and shot the gun four or five times, hitting one person in the back twice.

The group told her to go away, the summary said.

“Do you want me to pull out the real gun?” McLoone said.

She got out of the car and walked towards the group.

“What are you looking at, red-head? I’ll rag-doll you under my wheel,” she said.

McLoone pointed the gun at another person and let off five shots, hitting him in the head.

She then got back in her car and started to drive away.

One person shouted that they had filmed her actions.

McLoone stopped and drove across the car park towards them at speed, and the group split up and ran in different directions, hiding and calling police.

Police pulled over a silver Volkswagen Passat saloon matching the description given by the young people about 10.15pm on Washington Rd.

McLoone was in the front passenger seat.

When police asked where the gun was, she took it from under her seat and handed it over, along with a magazine containing six ball bearings.

Police asked if she was driving the car when she spoke to the group.

“Yeah, and I don’t care,” she said.

She was disqualified from driving for six months on January 18.

They asked why McLoone had the gun.

“I just have, who cares? I got it in Christchurch. I swapped it for a fifty bag. I just do, it’s not an offence.”

“McLoone”, I thought. That rings a bell. As such a name would…



She’s clearly from the smarter side of town. This won’t be the last time we read about this paragon of good decision-making.

Sadly, as the judge discovered, these people breed, and sometimes even vote.


– Stuff

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.