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Jail for ‘despicable’ offending

Jail for ‘despicable’ offending

A prison escaper who spent 33 months on the run has been jailed for nearly two years for what the judge described as “despicable” offending.

February 27, 2015 | By More
Tourist admits fatal crash charge

Tourist admits fatal crash charge

A German tourist has admitted his careless driving caused the death of a Leeston woman in a crash near Springston on February 23.

February 27, 2015 | By More
Appearance on Manawatu murder charge

Appearance on Manawatu murder charge

A 41-year-old man charged with the murder of James Poto Whatuira at Woodville, near Palmerston North, has made an appearance in the Christchurch District Court.

February 26, 2015 | By More
Speeding stop led to arrest on drugs, firearm charges

Speeding stop led to arrest on drugs, firearm charges

A Christchurch father-of-two has been refused bail after allegedly being found with drugs and a pistol in a police speeding stop early on Tuesday morning.

February 26, 2015 | By More

 

Court may consider preventive detention for sex offender

Court may consider preventive detention for sex offender

The High Court has ordered reports to consider an open-ended preventive detention sentence for a 55-year-old man found guilty of 23 child sex offences today.

February 27, 2015 | By More
Blackmail, rape charges denied

Blackmail, rape charges denied

A Waikuku man is denying rape and blackmail charges and his case has been sent to a case review hearing in the Christchurch District Court in May.

February 26, 2015 | By More
Cricket streak accused remanded

Cricket streak accused remanded

An Ilam student accused of streaking across the pitch at the England-Scotland World Cup cricket match on Monday has been granted a registrar’s remand at the Christchurch District Court.

February 26, 2015 | By More
Teenage cannabis dealer opts for jail time

Teenage cannabis dealer opts for jail time

A Queenstown teenager has been jailed for 10 months – at his request – on cannabis dealing charges.

February 26, 2015 | By More

Police Watch

Police believe two dairy robberies may be linked

Police believe two dairy robberies may be linked

Canterbury Police are investigating two armed robberies in Aranui that they believe may be linked.

February 3, 2015 | By More
Speed tolerance in Canterbury lowered over Labour Weekend

Speed tolerance in Canterbury lowered over Labour Weekend

While speed tolerance lowers over Labour Day Weekend the visibility of Canterbury Police prevention work will increase across the district, say the police.

October 23, 2014 | By More
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

Observations

Lifestyles of the drugged and listless

Lifestyles of the drugged and listless

The Rangiora murder trial gave an eight-day view into the lifestyles of the idle and drugged.

September 25, 2014 | By More
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

Earlier court news

Woman denies sex offending

Woman denies sex offending

A 71-year-old Christchurch woman is denying sex offending charges and the case is heading for a jury trial.

February 26, 2015 | By More
Building industry figure falls from grace over meth addiction

Building industry figure falls from grace over meth addiction

A Christchurch building industry figure has begun a 21-month jail term after methamphetamine sent his life spiralling.

February 26, 2015 | By More
Woman drink-driver had been ‘seriously drunk’, judge notes

Woman drink-driver had been ‘seriously drunk’, judge notes

A Christchurch woman had been “seriously drunk” when she drove in Rolleston last year, according to the judge who yesterday imposed community detention and an indefinite driving ban.

February 25, 2015 | By More
Family took part in assault on girl

Family took part in assault on girl

Several members of an Asian family joined in assaulting a 14-year-old girl who had slept overnight at a friend’s house without telling the family.

February 24, 2015 | By More
Alleged prowler remanded in custody

Alleged prowler remanded in custody

Police have praised a teenager who called emergency services about a suspected prowler, which led to a man being arrested on charges of burglary and peeping and peering.

February 23, 2015 | By More
Historic sex attack charges denied

Historic sex attack charges denied

A Christchurch man is denying sex attack charges dating back more than 20 years and the case is heading for a jury trial.

February 23, 2015 | By More
Hot iron held to woman’s leg

Hot iron held to woman’s leg

An elderly man carried out what the judge called “a deliberate and cruel act” when he burned a woman’s leg with a hot iron.

February 20, 2015 | By More
Schools raided for electronic gear

Schools raided for electronic gear

A teenager has been jailed for three years for burglaries that targeted expensive school electronics gear.

February 20, 2015 | By More
Accused cricket match invaders remanded

Accused cricket match invaders remanded

Two men charged with pitch invasion at the opening game of the Cricket World Cup in Christchurch have been remanded without plea at the Christchurch District Court.

February 20, 2015 | By More
Bail granted to chase accused

Bail granted to chase accused

Bail was granted to a 23-year-old New Plymouth man arrested on charges of stealing a car, driving dangerously, and failing to stop for police in an incident that ended at Tower Junction on Tuesday.

February 20, 2015 | By More