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Long jail term for robber-on-a-bike

Long jail term for robber-on-a-bike

A man has been jailed for over seven years for two armed robberies of Kiwibanks, where he made his getaways on a red bicycle.

August 22, 2017 | By More
‘Cowardly’ shooter jailed for 13 years 8 months

‘Cowardly’ shooter jailed for 13 years 8 months

A family described gunman Douglas Anderson Roake’s crimes as “disgusting and cowardly” before they saw him jailed for 13 years 8 months for his violent home invasion and six armed robberies.

August 17, 2017 | By More
Apologetic ram raider gets a chance at rehab

Apologetic ram raider gets a chance at rehab

Teenage ram-raider Jordan Lee Duncan flies to Auckland on Thursday with hopes for an end to his synthetic cannabis addiction and the best wishes of at least one of his victims.

August 17, 2017 | By More
Loaded firearms found at Dunedin shooting scene

Loaded firearms found at Dunedin shooting scene

Police found loaded firearms and a substantial amount of ammunition when they searched the home where a Dunedin man had fired 20 rifle shots from inside his bedroom.

August 15, 2017 | By More

 

Couple will pay only a fraction of trawler’s losses

Couple will pay only a fraction of trawler’s losses

A couple will only have to pay back a small fraction of the massive losses they caused to Tally’s Fisheries through their bogus tale of a family tragedy that led to a trawler diverting to Lyttelton.

August 22, 2017 | By More
Scamming of elderly victims admitted

Scamming of elderly victims admitted

A 22-year-old has admitted using a phone scam to raid the bank accounts of women aged 93, 91, and 73.

August 22, 2017 | By More
14 more wheelie bin arson charges

14 more wheelie bin arson charges

A Burnside man faced 14 new charges of setting fire to wheelie bins, in the Christchurch District Court today.

August 17, 2017 | By More
Fraudster admits ripping off his mum

Fraudster admits ripping off his mum

A man who was jailed last year for conning foreign workers and gambling away the money, has now admitted ripping off his mother.

August 16, 2017 | By More

Police Watch

Canterbury car thieves target Mazda Demios

Canterbury car thieves target Mazda Demios

Over the past four months Canterbury Police have seen a marked increase in the number of Mazda Demio vehicles stolen. 

April 18, 2017 | By More
Police ‘sting’ catches out licensees

Police ‘sting’ catches out licensees

Canterbury police say they are “very disappointed” with the results of liquor licence testing with under-age customers being able to buy alcohol.

December 23, 2016 | By More
Overnight shooting incident

Overnight shooting incident

Police are seeking witnesses to a shooting incident overnight on October 31-November 1, 2016.

November 1, 2016 | By More
Man threatened with gun by intruders

Man threatened with gun by intruders

Canterbury Police are appealing for information after two men forced their way into a man’s home in Christchurch and threatened him with a gun. 

May 28, 2016 | 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

Organised shoplifting accused held in custody

Organised shoplifting accused held in custody

Two Aranui mothers charged with being part of an organised shoplifting ring in Christchurch, Rangiora, and Ashburton have been remanded in custody.

August 11, 2017 | By More
No convictions over West Coast river crossing deaths

No convictions over West Coast river crossing deaths

A judge has allowed a tearful Michael Saunders to avoid convictions for the tragic West Coast river crossing that cost two lives in June last year.

August 11, 2017 | By More
Drug-affected babysitter raped six-year-old

Drug-affected babysitter raped six-year-old

A cannabis-affected 16-year-old youth sexually abused the six-year-old girl he was babysitting.

August 11, 2017 | By More
Sex offender’s world continues to shrink

Sex offender’s world continues to shrink

Gustafoham Harris’ world is steadily shrinking.

August 11, 2017 | By More
Offender’s ‘wake-up call’ was getting shot by police

Offender’s ‘wake-up call’ was getting shot by police

Murray James Allan realised he was lucky to be standing in the dock to be sentenced, after pulling an imitation pistol on the police and being shot in the face.

August 10, 2017 | By More
Tsunami alert burglaries ‘no coincidence’ – judge

Tsunami alert burglaries ‘no coincidence’ – judge

A judge has rejected burglar Michael Taui Wetere’s claim that it was “coincidence” that he burgled Christchurch businesses in the hours after the Kaikoura earthquake.

August 9, 2017 | By More
Promise from mother delivered at sentencing

Promise from mother delivered at sentencing

A woman who injured her two-year-old son has now promised a judge that she will be a good mother – and her second child is due in October.

August 9, 2017 | By More
$60,000 blackmail bid admitted

$60,000 blackmail bid admitted

A man has admitted the $60,000 blackmailing of a man he called a paedophile, and posting comments on social media groups about him.

August 9, 2017 | By More
Child sex abuse porn offender admits stop outside school

Child sex abuse porn offender admits stop outside school

An Internet child sex abuse pornography offender has admitted parking outside a school for six minutes while serving his home detention sentence.

August 9, 2017 | By More
Security guard burglar gets another chance for home detention

Security guard burglar gets another chance for home detention

A security guard who stole $179,000 from a cash machine and buried most of it in his garden will be given another two months to find an address where he might be allowed to serve home detention.

August 8, 2017 | By More

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