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Officer bashed at child’s birthday party

Officer bashed at child’s birthday party

A 20-year-old awaits sentencing after admitting the bashing of a policeman at a fracas that broke out at a six-year-old’s birthday party.

April 21, 2015 | By More
Two more charged with prison assault

Two more charged with prison assault

Two more men have been charged over an alleged serious assault in Christchurch Men’s Prison on March 31.

April 21, 2015 | By More
Man admits intimidating woman with approach in street

Man admits intimidating woman with approach in street

A Mairehau man has admitted an intimidation charge with the police alleging that he lunged at a woman he spoke to in the street at New Brighton.

April 17, 2015 | By More
Teen crash driver dodges big damage bill

Teen crash driver dodges big damage bill

A teenage learner driver has been disqualified from driving for six months but has probably dodged most of the bill for the carnage she caused.

April 17, 2015 | By More

 

Bus driver denies sex charges

Bus driver denies sex charges

A former Christchurch bus driver is denying sex allegations.

April 20, 2015 | By More
Cathedral burglary charges dropped

Cathedral burglary charges dropped

Letters of apology and donations to charity have halted the prosecution of two North Island men charged with burgling Christchurch’s quake-damaged Cathedral.

April 20, 2015 | By More
$20,000 losses from online frauds, court told

$20,000 losses from online frauds, court told

When a Trade Me fraudster was caught, she tried to make money to repay her victims by committing more frauds on Facebook.

April 17, 2015 | By More
Man charged over home invasion allegation

Man charged over home invasion allegation

A 24-year-old Woolston gib stopper was charged with assaulting a woman, causing grievous bodily harm to a male, and aggravated burglary over an alleged home invasion incident on Tuesday.

April 17, 2015 | By More

Police Watch

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
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

Observations

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
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

Earlier court news

Insanity finding in dog mutilation case

Insanity finding in dog mutilation case

A finding of temporary insanity has been accepted for a 25-year-old Christchurch man who kicked a dog and used a knife to mutilate it so badly that it had to be euthanized.

April 16, 2015 | By More
21 years of ACC fraud admitted

21 years of ACC fraud admitted

A 47-year-old man already serving a long prison sentence has now admitted cheating $398,814 from ACC with false back injury claims that went on for 21 years.

April 16, 2015 | By More
Photos of women at park ruled ‘not offensive’

Photos of women at park ruled ‘not offensive’

An amateur photographer has had his conviction for offensive behaviour quashed on appeal, eight months after he was noticed photographing women exercising in Hagley Park.

April 16, 2015 | By More
Arsonist claims Linwood fire was ‘exorcism’

Arsonist claims Linwood fire was ‘exorcism’

A convicted arsonist says he “exorcised” an evil house when he torched a building in Buckleys Road, Linwood.

April 16, 2015 | By More
Worries over lost child sex abuse video

Worries over lost child sex abuse video

A young victim remains worried that an SD card showing her sexual abuse is still missing, while her 47-year-old abuser begins a six-year jail term.

April 15, 2015 | By More
Almost decade in jail in bondage rape case

Almost decade in jail in bondage rape case

A 29-year-old has begun a nine-year six-month jail term still claiming he is innocent of under-age bondage sex crimes and drug dealing.

April 15, 2015 | By More
Arson of unoccupied houses admitted

Arson of unoccupied houses admitted

A Linwood man has admitted setting fire to two unoccupied houses and burglary of a third building.

April 15, 2015 | By More
Random rugby tackle injures bystander

Random rugby tackle injures bystander

A student’s drunken rugby tackle on the way to a toga party dislocated the victim’s hip, broke his pelvis, and caused nerve damage.

April 15, 2015 | By More
Hospital sex crimes admitted

Hospital sex crimes admitted

Police have dropped a charge of assault with intent to commit sexual violation because no victim could be found, but the attacker has admitted two other sex crimes.

April 15, 2015 | By More
Jail over North Canterbury ‘chop shop’

Jail over North Canterbury ‘chop shop’

An in-prison drug rehabilitation programme lies ahead for a Pines Beach man jailed for 34 months for methamphetamine, receiving stolen vehicles, and driving charges.

April 14, 2015 | By More