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Seven face rioting charges

Seven face rioting charges

Seven men charged with rioting outside Burger King in Belfast where they allegedly attacked a person were remanded to appear in the Christchurch District Court on December 7.

November 16, 2017 | By More
Arrests over meth shipment from Mexico

Arrests over meth shipment from Mexico

Two men arrested for importing methamphetamine with a total potential street value of $50 million have been granted name suppression at the Christchurch District Court.

November 15, 2017 | By More
Revenge robbery admitted

Revenge robbery admitted

Two women have admitted a robbery conspiracy after they sent a gang member to an ex’s address to steal items.

November 14, 2017 | By More
Manslaughter verdict on toddler’s death

Manslaughter verdict on toddler’s death

A 21-year-old woman has been found guilty of manslaughter over the death of a toddler in her care, on the 11th day of a trial in the High Court at Christchurch.

November 13, 2017 | By More

 

Imposing judicial woodwork makes a final appearance

Imposing judicial woodwork makes a final appearance

Christchurch QC Nigel Hampton told High Court justices it was “beyond belief” that the city was losing its great judicial canopy as the courts move to the new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct.

November 15, 2017 | By More
Two charged with setting car alight

Two charged with setting car alight

Two men have been remanded in custody on charges of arson after a car was allegedly set alight in the red zone in Burwood early on Monday.

November 14, 2017 | By More
Blackmailer’s suppression bid refused

Blackmailer’s suppression bid refused

A blackmailer’s request for final name suppression has been rejected by Christchurch District Court Judge Raoul Neave as he imposed a home detention sentence.

November 13, 2017 | By More
Final sitting at historic court house

Final sitting at historic court house

Family Court judges and former judges, lawyers, and court staff paid tribute to the historic Armagh Street court building at a final sitting ahead of the move to the new Justice and Emergency Service Precinct next week.

November 13, 2017 | By More

Police Watch

Woolston pharmacy robbed at knifepoint

Woolston pharmacy robbed at knifepoint

Christchurch police are investigating a knife-point robbery at a pharmacy on Ferry Road, Woolston.

September 29, 2017 | By More
Police investigating two suspicious fires

Police investigating two suspicious fires

Police are investigating two suspicious fires in the Christchurch area overnight.

September 26, 2017 | By More
Hanmer Springs incident

Hanmer Springs incident

Canterbury Police are continuing to investigate the incident which occurred at a house in Hanmer Springs township on Monday night, September 18, about 9.30pm.

September 22, 2017 | By More
Trio with alleged gang links remanded

Trio with alleged gang links remanded

Two men and a woman with alleged connections to the King Cobra gang have been charged with firearm offences after a police armed offenders squad raid on a house in New Brighton last week.

September 5, 2017 | By More

Observations

Overdue

Overdue

Christchurch’s main list court dissolved into giggles when a woman lawyer told Judge John Macdonald that her client was “18 months pregnant”.

May 9, 2017 | By More
‘Wrestling in the mud’

‘Wrestling in the mud’

“Arguing with a judge is like wrestling with a pig in the mud. You both get dirty and after a while you realise that the pig is enjoying it.”

March 15, 2017 | By More
Pedalling drugs

Pedalling drugs

A 46-year-old was already on bail when police tried to stop his vehicle in early March, and they signalled him to pull over by using the patrol car’s lights and sirens.

March 6, 2017 | By More
Mum left smarting by judge’s comment

Mum left smarting by judge’s comment

A mum left court smarting after a judge called her “a shocking role model” for her 22-year-old daughter who was standing in the dock.

January 9, 2017 | By More

Earlier court news

Complainants’ evidence suppressed in doctor trial

Complainants’ evidence suppressed in doctor trial

Evidence from 14 men alleging indecencies by a Christchurch doctor has been suppressed until later in the three-week Christchurch District Court trial.

November 13, 2017 | By More
Daring burglar undone by investigation

Daring burglar undone by investigation

A daring night time burglar was undone by a fingerprint, a Facebook post, and by failing to change his clothing after an afternoon cafe visit where he scoped out the premises.

November 12, 2017 | By More
Murder trial jury to continue on Monday

Murder trial jury to continue on Monday

After about six hours of deliberations, the jury in the trial of a babysitter charged with the murder of a toddler has retired for the weekend and will reconvene in the High Court at Christchurch on Monday.

November 10, 2017 | By More
Guilty verdicts in tail breaking trial

Guilty verdicts in tail breaking trial

Canterbury farmer Carl Ryan McNaught has been urged to get anger management counselling before his sentencing on cow ill-treatment charges in February, or face possible prison or disqualification from farming animals.

November 10, 2017 | By More
Not guilty plea on West Coast murder charge

Not guilty plea on West Coast murder charge

George Sean Warren has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a West Coast woman on October 22, at a video-link appearance in the High Court at Christchurch.

November 10, 2017 | By More
Man admits raids on hostels

Man admits raids on hostels

Nuisance raids on backpacker hostels around Christchurch have left a 31-year-old burglar in custody and facing a likely jail sentence.

November 9, 2017 | By More
Red zone chase driver gets home detention

Red zone chase driver gets home detention

Andrew Shaw’s desperate dash through the red zone after a building site burglary has drawn a five-month home detention sentence.

November 9, 2017 | By More
Allegation of blackmail at cow illtreatment trial

Allegation of blackmail at cow illtreatment trial

An accusation of blackmail by the “whistleblower” and main prosecution witness has been made at the Christchurch trial of a dairy farm manager accused of cow ill-treatment.

November 9, 2017 | By More
Engineering ‘confusion’ cited at tribunal

Engineering ‘confusion’ cited at tribunal

There was “considerable confusion” by different parties over the structural reliability of the Colombo Street building where falling masonry caused deaths in the February 2011 Christchurch quake, the defence said at a Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal hearing.

November 7, 2017 | By More
Cow screamed during beating, trial told

Cow screamed during beating, trial told

A farm worker said she heard a cow scream during a beating by farm manager Carl Ryan McNaught who has gone on trial on animal ill-treatment charges.

November 7, 2017 | By More

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