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Convicted murderer’s court bid fails

Convicted murderer’s court bid fails

Convicted murder John Frederick Ericson’s court bid to hurry along the steps towards his release from prison has been rejected by a High Court judge.

May 28, 2015 | By More
Prowler seen as high risk of re-offending

Prowler seen as high risk of re-offending

A 24-year-old man was sentenced to prison for over two years for charges relating to his “dysfunctional sexual behaviour”.

May 27, 2015 | By More
‘Brave and strong’ neighbour tried to stop burglar

‘Brave and strong’ neighbour tried to stop burglar

A neighbour who tried to stop a burglar’s getaway and got wedged between a car and a fence has been described in court as “brave and strong” by a Christchurch District Court judge.

May 27, 2015 | By More
Convicted murderer pushing for counselling in jail

Convicted murderer pushing for counselling in jail

A man convicted of murdering his wife 15 years ago has taken a case to the High Court to try to force the Corrections Department to give him the counselling that may lead to his release on parole.

May 26, 2015 | By More

 

Second boy tells of burning with spoon

Second boy tells of burning with spoon

A second boy has told a jury of a woman burning his tongue with a spoon heated on a stove element, but the defence has accused the boy of getting together with another witness “to make it all up”.

May 29, 2015 | By More
Having employee on wrong visa brings fine

Having employee on wrong visa brings fine

The scramble for qualified tradespeople for the Christchurch rebuild has led to an appearance in court by a firm that employed a tiler with the wrong immigration visa.

May 28, 2015 | By More
More historic sex charges in Oamaru case

More historic sex charges in Oamaru case

Eight more charges alleging historic sex offending have been laid against an Oamaru man who is already facing trial on another 48 similar charges.

May 28, 2015 | By More
Defence challenge to boy’s abuse testimony

Defence challenge to boy’s abuse testimony

The defence has challenged a boy’s evidence about being burned with a hot poker and spoon, and made to eat chillis, repeatedly alleging that he was making it up.

May 27, 2015 | By More

Police Watch

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
Three charged after prison death investigation

Three charged after prison death investigation

Police have charged three men with murder following a homicide investigation into the death of 44-year-old Benton Marni Parata after an alleged attack in Christchurch Prison last week.

April 2, 2015 | By More
Homicide inquiry after death at Christchurch Prison

Homicide inquiry after death at Christchurch Prison

Canterbury Police can confirm that the investigation into a serious assault of a sentenced prisoner at Christchurch Men’s Prison on March 25 has been elevated into a homicide investigation.

March 31, 2015 | By More
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

Observations

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
A glitch in the paper trail

A glitch in the paper trail

The flow of proceedings in Christchurch’s main police court pauses, because the judge is missing some of the weaponry in that courtroom’s constant paper war.

March 31, 2015 | By More
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

Earlier court news

‘There is never a good day’

‘There is never a good day’

A boy has told Christchurch jury of not being able to eat or drink for two days after being punished by having a heated spoon or a “fire rod” – a poker – put into his mouth.

May 26, 2015 | By More
Assault trial re-start ordered

Assault trial re-start ordered

A trial alleging assaults by a 60-year-old woman on two boys and an elderly man was aborted towards the end of its first day in the Christchurch District Court.

May 25, 2015 | By More
Community work term for helping burglars

Community work term for helping burglars

A 25-year-old who helped two “rat bags” use the roof-space of his apartment to burgle his neighbours while he was serving home detention has been given a community work sentence.

May 25, 2015 | By More
Cash went missing at crash scene, court told

Cash went missing at crash scene, court told

Cash totalling $5000 went missing from the scene of a high-speed car crash near Kirwee last August.

May 22, 2015 | By More
Delay for murder trial

Delay for murder trial

A Christchurch High Court murder trial set to start in 11 days has been adjourned.

May 22, 2015 | By More
Suppression granted in violation case

Suppression granted in violation case

A 30-year-old Avonside man was granted interim name suppression when he was remanded in custody on a charge of sexually violating a sex worker in Christchurch last Sunday night.

May 22, 2015 | By More
Psychiatric report ordered for repeat arsonist

Psychiatric report ordered for repeat arsonist

A psychiatric report has been ordered for a Linwood man who has admitted two more arson charges and now faces sentencing in July for a total of five offences.

May 22, 2015 | By More
Convicted blackmailer admits sex addiction

Convicted blackmailer admits sex addiction

A 22-year-old who acknowledges he is a sex addict has admitted blackmail and obtaining sex by deception.

May 21, 2015 | By More
Details of violation case suppressed

Details of violation case suppressed

Almost all details have been suppressed of a sexual violation case which was called for the first time in the Christchurch District Court today.

May 21, 2015 | By More
‘Highest breach of trust’ in child’s sexual abuse

‘Highest breach of trust’ in child’s sexual abuse

A father’s abuse of his daughter was “one of the highest breaches of trust one can imagine”, said a judge as he jailed the 58-year-old for five years three months.

May 20, 2015 | By More