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Pilot fined for breaches

Pilot fined for breaches

A helicopter pilot was fined $3600 on a representative charge of operating an aircraft without a medical certificate, and a charge of failing to maintain an accurate logbook.

July 31, 2015 | By More
Group admits taking 10,000 cockles

Group admits taking 10,000 cockles

Four people who took more than 10,000 cockles on a family outing to Saltwater Creek, North Canterbury, have admitted breaching the amateur fishing regulations.

July 30, 2015 | By More
Eight-year jail term for sex attack by taxi driver

Eight-year jail term for sex attack by taxi driver

A taxi driver’s sex attack on an intoxicated and sleeping woman passenger showed “a degree of planning, sophistication, and thought” said the Christchurch judge who jailed him for eight years.

July 29, 2015 | By More
Court appearance on ram-raid charges

Court appearance on ram-raid charges

A young man facing charges over alleged ram-raids on two service stations and one dairy in New Brighton has appeared in the Christchurch District Court.

July 29, 2015 | By More

 

Man denies Ihaka Stokes murder charge

Man denies Ihaka Stokes murder charge

Not guilty pleas have been entered by the man accused of assaulting and murdering 14-month-old Ihaka Paora Braxton Stokes.

July 31, 2015 | By More
Women in custody over pellet gun incident

Women in custody over pellet gun incident

Two women being held in custody are denying any role in an alleged pellet-gun robbery in the early hours of Thursday morning.

July 30, 2015 | By More
Quake stresses led to forgery, frauds

Quake stresses led to forgery, frauds

Stresses arising from the Christchurch earthquakes have been blamed for a flurry of quake fraud and forgery offending by a woman with a history of mental instability.

July 30, 2015 | By More
Attempt to take synthetic cannabis into jail

Attempt to take synthetic cannabis into jail

A Bromley woman who tried to take synthetic cannabis into prison has been sentenced to 120 hours community work.

July 29, 2015 | By More

Police Watch

Rise in Riccarton raids on vehicles

Rise in Riccarton raids on vehicles

Over the last few weeks there has been an increase in the number of vehicle thefts and thefts from vehicles in the Riccarton area of Christchurch. The vehicles being targeted by opportunistic thieves appear to be parked either on the roadside or up driveways.

July 24, 2015 | By More
Elderly man injured in New Brighton assault

Elderly man injured in New Brighton assault

A cordon was set up around part of the New Brighton Mall area where a 72-year-old man was assaulted overnight.

July 15, 2015 | By More
Investigation into baby’s death

Investigation into baby’s death

Canterbury Police are investigating the death of a 15 month old baby.

July 4, 2015 | By More
Homicide investigation launched

Homicide investigation launched

Police have launched a homicide investigation after a five-year-old boy who had been admitted to Christchurch Hospital with critical injuries died this morning.

May 29, 2015 | By More

Observations

A short catalogue of bungled robberies

A short catalogue of bungled robberies

The latest report of an inept liquor store robbery in Aranui has brought to mind some other famously bungled local cases.

July 22, 2015 | By More
Drink-drive costs pile up

Drink-drive costs pile up

A rebuild worker from overseas has suffered a huge financial setback after breaching New Zealand’s drink-drive laws.
He has been working on the Christchurch rebuild for two years two months while sending money back to his wife and two sons in the Philippines.
He had spent the night at a function out of Christchurch and set off early on June 7 to return to the city, to get to a church service.
He says he swerved on the West Coast Road to avoid a rabbit and slid along the wet grass and crashed through a Selwyn District road sign.
That led to a charge of drink-driving when a check showed a level of 555mcg of alcohol to a litre of breath.
He was fined $650 and disqualified from driving for six months.
He wrecked his car and he has lost his insurance because of the alcohol conviction. He cannot afford to get the car repaired.
The council’s insurance company is now seeking $10,000 from him for the smashed road sign as well.
He may get some help from his workmates to get through all these difficulties.
The court did not hear the fate of the rabbit

June 16, 2015 | By More
The Great Golf Cart Heist

The Great Golf Cart Heist

Four young men faced damage bills after what a lawyer called “The Great Golf Cart Heist”.

May 18, 2015 | By More
Licensing for parenthood

Licensing for parenthood

Grappling with the sentencing of a young dad for domestic violence, Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish came up with the idea of a whole new licensing system.

April 1, 2015 | By More

Earlier court news

Street kid using cannabis since age eight

Street kid using cannabis since age eight

A Christchurch street kid who stole the donations box from the cardboard cathedral has admitted being a cannabis user since he was aged eight.

July 28, 2015 | By More
Complaints laid over broken arms in Casino fracas

Complaints laid over broken arms in Casino fracas

Police have reopened investigations into two assault complaints by Christchurch Casino patrons who allege their arms were broken by a security officer during a fracas outside the main doors.

July 28, 2015 | By More
Rapist demanded ‘respect’ from victim

Rapist demanded ‘respect’ from victim

A woman was told that she must open her eyes because it was “disrespectful” not to watch while she was being raped.

July 25, 2015 | By More
Cocaine importation denied

Cocaine importation denied

A Christchurch man is denying a charge of importing the class A drug cocaine and is being held in custody for a case review in September.

July 24, 2015 | By More
Burwood underwear burglaries not denied

Burwood underwear burglaries not denied

A 16-year-old boy has not denied seven burglary charges alleging he stole women’s underwear from washing lines and homes in the Burwood area.

July 24, 2015 | By More
Receiving stolen trailers, tools admitted

Receiving stolen trailers, tools admitted

An Oxford contractor admitted receiving trailers and tools worth at least $12,000 and being reckless about whether or not they had been stolen, in the Christchurch District Court yesterday.

July 24, 2015 | By More
Spate of car-break-ins admitted

Spate of car-break-ins admitted

Police are seeking $4200 reparations from a 22-year-old Bishopdale man who has admitted 37 charges including thefts from seven cars.

July 23, 2015 | By More
Child pornography charges denied

Child pornography charges denied

A professional Canterbury man alleged to have possessed child pornography images is denying 14 charges and has elected trial by jury.

July 23, 2015 | By More
Robber given discount for stupidity

Robber given discount for stupidity

Michael Paul Thompson’s robbery of a Linwood liquor store was so inept that a judge has literally given him a discount “for stupidity”.

July 22, 2015 | By More
$107,000 theft by office administrator alleged

$107,000 theft by office administrator alleged

A 40-year-old office administrator charged with stealing $107,445 from a Christchurch rebuild firm has been granted a registrar’s remand without plea at the Christchurch District Court.

July 22, 2015 | By More

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