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First offender’s ‘mini-rampage’

First offender’s ‘mini-rampage’

A 22-year-old woman went on what the judge called a “mini-rampage” after being introduced to methamphetamine.

May 26, 2017 | By More
Reformed addict granted home detention

Reformed addict granted home detention

A Nelson mother has been granted home detention after a noticeable change of attitude since she menaced a Christchurch drug dealer who had sold rock salt instead of crystal meth.

May 26, 2017 | By More
Woman’s community work effort was a fake

Woman’s community work effort was a fake

A Christchurch woman’s “better effort” at doing her community work was an illusion – she had someone else doing it in her place.

May 25, 2017 | By More
Armed robber gets a hug from woman victim

Armed robber gets a hug from woman victim

The woman victim of a “mindless” secondhand bookshop robbery hugged the knife-wielding robber after meeting him before his sentencing and hearing his face-to-face apology.

May 24, 2017 | By More

 

Pair damaged stolen and abandoned car

Pair damaged stolen and abandoned car

Community-based sentences have been imposed on two young men who smashed up and looted a stolen car they found abandoned on a remote track near Kainga, north of Christchurch.

May 26, 2017 | By More
Stolen bike wheel changed everything

Stolen bike wheel changed everything

A stolen bicycle wheel meant life changed instantly and permanently for arborist 46-year-old Wayne Scothern, and for homeless 37-year-old Christopher Stone.

May 26, 2017 | By More
Man jailed for injuries to baby

Man jailed for injuries to baby

A man who tried to force feed, and then shook a five-month-old baby, has been sent to jail.

May 25, 2017 | By More
More years in jail for determined burglar

More years in jail for determined burglar

A repeat burglar sentenced to 25 of the last 27 years in jail now faces nearly six more years after his latest sentencing in the Christchurch District Court.

May 24, 2017 | By More

Police Watch

Canterbury car thieves target Mazda Demios

Canterbury car thieves target Mazda Demios

Over the past four months Canterbury Police have seen a marked increase in the number of Mazda Demio vehicles stolen. 

April 18, 2017 | By More
Police ‘sting’ catches out licensees

Police ‘sting’ catches out licensees

Canterbury police say they are “very disappointed” with the results of liquor licence testing with under-age customers being able to buy alcohol.

December 23, 2016 | By More
Overnight shooting incident

Overnight shooting incident

Police are seeking witnesses to a shooting incident overnight on October 31-November 1, 2016.

November 1, 2016 | By More
Man threatened with gun by intruders

Man threatened with gun by intruders

Canterbury Police are appealing for information after two men forced their way into a man’s home in Christchurch and threatened him with a gun. 

May 28, 2016 | By More

Observations

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
Mum left smarting by judge’s comment

Mum left smarting by judge’s comment

A mum left court smarting after a judge called her “a shocking role model” for her 22-year-old daughter who was standing in the dock.

January 9, 2017 | By More

Earlier court news

Bank robber-on-a-bike pleads guilty

Bank robber-on-a-bike pleads guilty

Brent James Atkinson has admitted being Christchurch’s balaclava-wearing robber-on-a-bike.

May 24, 2017 | By More
Man tried to sell stolen war medals

Man tried to sell stolen war medals

An unemployed Christchurch man tried to sell stolen war medals worth $2000 at a pawn shop.

May 23, 2017 | By More
Bail again refused over shooting incident

Bail again refused over shooting incident

A third bail application has been refused for a 24-year-old man allegedly shot in the face by the police in an incident in Woolston in February.

May 23, 2017 | By More
North Canterbury man criticised over sexual encounters

North Canterbury man criticised over sexual encounters

A judge has criticised the actions of a North Canterbury businessman, but has acquitted him of two charges alleging the sexual violation of an intellectually disabled man.

May 22, 2017 | By More
Judge slams ‘woeful’ rehab resourcing

Judge slams ‘woeful’ rehab resourcing

A judge has slammed Canterbury’s inadequate resourcing for drug and alcohol assessments, when a report was declined for a 17-year-old who appeared before her for sentencing in the Christchurch District Court.

May 19, 2017 | By More
Marcus Tucker murder trial aborted

Marcus Tucker murder trial aborted

The trial of Peter John Carroll for the murder of 36-year-old Marcus Luke Tucker has been aborted after evidence was heard from seven witnesses.

May 19, 2017 | By More
Crystal clear robbery pics bring guilty pleas

Crystal clear robbery pics bring guilty pleas

A man clearly caught on security camera doing a service station robbery has pleaded guilty just a week later.

May 18, 2017 | By More
Murder trial adjourned for the day

Murder trial adjourned for the day

The trial of Peter John Carroll, charged with the April 2016 murder of Marcus Luke Tucker, has been adjourned for the day because of a legal issue.

May 18, 2017 | By More
Tsunami looter jailed for three years

Tsunami looter jailed for three years

A man who looted a family’s home in New Brighton during a tsunami alert evacuation has met his victims and apologised.

May 17, 2017 | By More
Man admits rape of drunk teenager

Man admits rape of drunk teenager

A 22-year-old has admitted raping a drunk 15-year-old girl in the bushes of a property in Linwood, after she got off a bus and became separated from her friends.

May 17, 2017 | By More

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