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‘Unwitting’ drug couriers dealt with by court

‘Unwitting’ drug couriers dealt with by court

A couple say they were unwitting drug couriers when they flew into Christchurch with 5kg of Ecstasy worth $2 million in a suitcase on April 6 last year.

February 19, 2018 | By More
Owner apologises for ‘menacing’ dog’s attack on boy

Owner apologises for ‘menacing’ dog’s attack on boy

A man’s heart-felt apology, delivered from the dock at his sentencing, helped to keep him out of prison as the owner of a “menacing” dog that savaged a 10-year-old boy.

February 16, 2018 | By More
Accused rooftop burglar held in custody

Accused rooftop burglar held in custody

A man accused of being The Tannery’s rooftop burglar has been remanded in custody at the Christchurch District Court.

February 16, 2018 | By More
Woman tells murder trial of being followed

Woman tells murder trial of being followed

A woman has told of being followed home from work late at night by a car driven by Sainey Marong, about six weeks before he is accused of murdering a sex worker.

February 15, 2018 | By More

 

‘Vigilante justice’ charges admitted

‘Vigilante justice’ charges admitted

A man accused of carrying out vigilante justice over some schoolyard bullying has pleaded guilty to kidnap, assault, and sexual violation charges in the Christchurch District Court.

February 16, 2018 | By More
Fraudster back in custody on more charges

Fraudster back in custody on more charges

Repeat fraudster Ann-Marie Kathrine Smith is back in custody awaiting sentence after admitting four more offences – some of them while on release conditions after her jail term.

February 16, 2018 | By More
Youth planned mass killing in Christchurch

Youth planned mass killing in Christchurch

A Christchurch teenager who converted to Islam planned to ram a car into a group of people and then stab them until the police killed him, the Christchurch District Court was told at his sentencing.

February 15, 2018 | By More
Stealing computers should bring harsher sentences – judge

Stealing computers should bring harsher sentences – judge

Stealing computer gear should be regarded as an aggravating feature at sentencing because of all the financial, personal, and sentimental details people store on them, said a Christchurch judge as he jailed a burglar.

February 14, 2018 | 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

Local online scammer

Local online scammer

Those online scams aren’t only carried out by crooks in Nigeria and North Korea.

January 19, 2018 | By More
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

Earlier court news

Online child sex abuse offender jailed

Online child sex abuse offender jailed

The United Nations estimates that 750,000 sexual predators are connected to the Internet at any one time. One offender stood in the dock in Christchurch today before beginning a two-year five-month jail term.

February 14, 2018 | By More
Alleged wine fraud company in liquidation

Alleged wine fraud company in liquidation

A North Canterbury wine company facing charges alleging fraud concerning wine production, has been placed in liquidation this month.

February 14, 2018 | By More
Witness list shortens at murder trial

Witness list shortens at murder trial

Appearances by 40 Crown witnesses have been removed from the long list of witnesses to be called at the murder trial of 33-year-old Sainey Marong, after agreement on a document setting out “admitted facts”.

February 13, 2018 | By More
Marong murder trial: Opening addresses

Marong murder trial: Opening addresses

Internet searches about kidnapping, necrophilia, and whether fire could destroy DNA were found on the cellphone of the man charged with the murder of Christchurch sex worker Rene Larissa Duckmanton, the Crown says.

February 12, 2018 | By More
Marong jury trial opens

Marong jury trial opens

The Crown will call evidence from about 80 witnesses in the three-week trial of Sainey Marong, accused of the murder of Christchurch sex worker Renee Larissa Duckmanton.

February 12, 2018 | By More
Tour bus driver and manager found guilty of fraud

Tour bus driver and manager found guilty of fraud

A tour bus driver and his employer have been found guilty of fraud charges after a traffic stop on the difficult Te Anau highway found the driver was not licensed to carry passengers.

February 9, 2018 | By More
Russian man admits drug importation

Russian man admits drug importation

A Russian national arrested at Christchurch Airport 10 months ago has admitted importing 5kg of the class B drug Ecstasy into New Zealand.

February 9, 2018 | By More
Delay for Sumner murder trial

Delay for Sumner murder trial

A new date in September has been set for the High Court trial of three people charge with murder over the death of a man found injured in a Sumner carpark in March 2017.

February 9, 2018 | By More
Lizards found after suitcase went missing

Lizards found after suitcase went missing

Four lizards – two live and two dead – were found in an Aranui man’s suitcase after it went missing on a flight from Thailand.

February 8, 2018 | By More
Skipper of grounded trawler faces charges

Skipper of grounded trawler faces charges

The skipper of the fishing boat The Lady Sarah that ran aground off Lake Ellesmere in December 2016 has been charged with failing to keep a proper look-out and a breach of work safety regulations.

February 8, 2018 | By More

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