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Drug rehab ordered for brazen shoplifter

Drug rehab ordered for brazen shoplifter

A brazen and recidivist shoplifter will serve his nine months home detention sentence in drug and alcohol rehab at Odyssey House, after his sentencing in the Christchurch District Court today.

September 23, 2014 | By More
Timings crucial in murder evidence, says defence

Timings crucial in murder evidence, says defence

Timings are crucial to Shaun Robert Murray Innes’ claim that he was not present when the fatal stabbing was delivered in what has been described as a Rangiora drugs robbery, his defence team says. [Updated report.]

September 23, 2014 | By More
Crown witness stole officer’s cellphone at court

Crown witness stole officer’s cellphone at court

A Crown witness at a Christchurch murder trial began her court visit by stealing the cellphone of the officer-in-charge – and was caught when the phone went off while she was giving her evidence.

September 22, 2014 | By More
WINZ threat case transferred to North Island

WINZ threat case transferred to North Island

Prosecution of a South Brighton man who allegedly threatened a WINZ staff member two weeks ago has been transferred from Christchurch to the Te Kuiti District Court.

September 19, 2014 | By More

 

Father went to ‘rescue’ of his son

Father went to ‘rescue’ of his son

A father who rammed the car of boy racers who were in a confrontation with his son has admitted charges of dangerous driving causing injury, just before his Christchurch District Court trial was due to start.

September 23, 2014 | By More
Further attempted murder charge laid against accused gunman

Further attempted murder charge laid against accused gunman

Further charges of attempting to murder another WINZ staff member and of setting a man-trap with intent to injure have now been laid against accused Ashburton gunman Russell John Tully.

September 23, 2014 | By More
Man admits stabbing dog to death

Man admits stabbing dog to death

After stabbing a dog to death for killing his rabbit, Andrew Joseph Salisbury said: “You know I had to do it. Life for a life.”

September 19, 2014 | By More
Mall burglar had been deported from Australia

Mall burglar had been deported from Australia

A professional burglar who was deported from Australia after serving jail time there, immediately started burgling shopping malls throughout New Zealand.

September 18, 2014 | By More

Police Watch

Bomb scare clears Ministry of Education building

Bomb scare clears Ministry of Education building

Police lifted a cordon at 11am after army bomb disposal experts completed an investigation of a suspicious package left outside the Ministry of Education building in Princess Street, Addington.

September 10, 2014 | By More
Car driver sought for Bealey Avenue hit and run

Car driver sought for Bealey Avenue hit and run

Christchurch Police are appealing for public help in finding the driver of a car involved in a hit and run accident on Bealey Ave this morning.

August 26, 2014 | By More
Vehicles stolen near Christchurch Airport

Vehicles stolen near Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Police are warning motorists to be vigilant when parking vehicles on public roads surrounding Christchurch International Airport.

August 21, 2014 | By More
Christchurch bravery awards presented to police

Christchurch bravery awards presented to police

The Governor-General, Lt Gen Sir Jerry Mateparae, has presented four Christchurch Police officers and one former officer with bravery awards for their actions following the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

August 14, 2014 | By More

Observations

City too damaged for cigarette butt hunter

City too damaged for cigarette butt hunter

James Tahere has given up on Christchurch and the city will have to get back on its feet without him.

August 22, 2014 | By More
Quotes of the week: Nothing synthetic about cannabis concerns

Quotes of the week: Nothing synthetic about cannabis concerns

Judge David Saunders, to an offender who had appeared unstable at court, and had been held in custody overnight to dry out: “I suggest you stay away from the synthetic cannabis. We know from what we have seen on a regular basis in the court, the unpredictable and angry behaviour that occurs when people are under the influence of that substance.”

July 9, 2014 | By More
Traffic ‘chicken’ held in custody

Traffic ‘chicken’ held in custody

A man who got drunk and played “chicken” in the traffic has ended up in custody for his own safety.

March 13, 2014 | By More
Quote of the Week: Scribbles unwelcome

Quote of the Week: Scribbles unwelcome

“If Leonardo da Vinci comes along and paints the Mona Lisa on my fence, and I don’t want it there, it’s graffiti.”

January 21, 2014 | By More

Earlier court news

Jail for ‘bullyboy tactics”

Jail for ‘bullyboy tactics”

People who indulge in “stand-over bullyboy tactics” could expect no sympathy from the court, said a Christchurch District Court judge as he jailed a man for six years five months.

September 17, 2014 | By More
Alleged knife attacker told of concerns, witnesses say

Alleged knife attacker told of concerns, witnesses say

Witnesses have told of Jason William Baker expressing concern about something he had done around the time of a raid that the Crown says was a fatal attempt at a drug robbery in Rangiora last year.

September 17, 2014 | By More
Rape of sleeping woman admitted

Rape of sleeping woman admitted

A 29-year-old man has been jailed for six years nine months after admitting the rape of a sleeping woman after a party in Sydenham.

September 17, 2014 | By More
Trial told of car sightings after Rangiora killing

Trial told of car sightings after Rangiora killing

Evidence suggested a murder accused drove around the streets apparently looking for someone and then driving erratically in a car that was eventually abandoned along Christchurch’s Northern Motorway.

September 16, 2014 | By More
Trial hears of fatal struggle at doorway

Trial hears of fatal struggle at doorway

A Rangiora man has told of yelling to his brother to “get a gun” during a desperate struggle with an intruder at the doorway of their home which ended with the fatal stabbing of the brother.

September 15, 2014 | By More
Man stabbed to death in drugs robbery, says Crown

Man stabbed to death in drugs robbery, says Crown

A Rangiora man was stabbed to death during a drugs robbery gone wrong, the Crown said at the opening of the trial of two men charged with murder. (Updated report)

September 15, 2014 | By More
Bike gang member admits meth-for-supply charge

Bike gang member admits meth-for-supply charge

The Crown is seeking forfeiture of $2258 in cash found in the possession of a motorcycle gang member who has now admitted a methamphetamine charge.

September 12, 2014 | By More
Apology to family at manslaughter sentencing

Apology to family at manslaughter sentencing

An emotional apology to the family of a manslaughter victim was delivered from the dock by the man who kneed him in the head, causing a fatal brain bleed.

September 12, 2014 | By More
Murder trial set for April

Murder trial set for April

A two-week trial beginning April 13 has been set for a Christchurch woman charged with the murder of 30-year-old Cory James Protos.

September 12, 2014 | By More
Sex attacker was considering murder, court told

Sex attacker was considering murder, court told

An 11-year-old girl saved her own life by leaping from the moving car being driven by the 18-year-old man who had just raped and strangled her.

September 11, 2014 | By More