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Grandmother admits $250,000 welfare fraud

Grandmother admits $250,000 welfare fraud

It was “unbelievable” that benefit payments were continuing for a Christchurch grandmother who admitted rorting the welfare system out of nearly a quarter of a million dollars, said a judge as he remanded her for sentence.

July 23, 2017 | By More
Brothers competing to pay for damage

Brothers competing to pay for damage

Brothers Jimmy and Rupert Max Ellis-Jones have not quite reached agreement about how to pay for all the damage they did on a drunken spree through Phillipstown and Woolston.

July 21, 2017 | By More
Boy run over by water tanker

Boy run over by water tanker

Fernside horse trainer Philip Benjamin Burrows has admitted a Worksafe New Zealand prosecution after a 10-year-old boy apparently fell under the wheels of a water truck at a training track.

July 20, 2017 | By More
Shaken baby suffered brain bleed

Shaken baby suffered brain bleed

Name suppression has been granted to a father who admits hitting and shaking his infant son, causing a brain bleed.

July 19, 2017 | By More

 

Man admits ‘grenade’ threat to MP

Man admits ‘grenade’ threat to MP

A 39-year-old Linwood man has admitted sending an email that threatened a Member of Parliament with a grenade.

July 21, 2017 | By More
Lawyer convicted of meth possession

Lawyer convicted of meth possession

Christchurch lawyer Steven Welch Rollo has been fined on charges of possessing the class A drug methamphetamine and refusing to give his details to a police officer at a traffic stop.

July 20, 2017 | By More
Bail granted on wheelie bin arson charges

Bail granted on wheelie bin arson charges

A Burnside man has appeared in court facing six charges of setting wheelie bins alight.

July 20, 2017 | By More
Two convicted of gang violence

Two convicted of gang violence

Two men said to be associated with the Bandidos gang have been convicted of involvement in a violent incident in which two men were stabbed and a woman assaulted.

July 19, 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

Bogus gynaecologist jailed for ‘examination’

Bogus gynaecologist jailed for ‘examination’

A homeless man who told a 19-year-old woman he was a specialist gynaecologist has been jailed for four years one month for the “examination” that took place next.

July 19, 2017 | By More
HIV-positive man admits dangerous sexual contact

HIV-positive man admits dangerous sexual contact

A man who met men through social media and had consensual unprotected sex with them, has admitted that he did not tell them he was HIV positive.

July 18, 2017 | By More
Gang trial accused was ‘shocked by violence’

Gang trial accused was ‘shocked by violence’

A man who went with Bandidos gang associates to the scene of a multiple stabbing had been “shocked and surprised” when the bloody violence erupted, the defence said at the trial of two Christchurch men.

July 18, 2017 | By More
Man stabbed in neck with broken bottle

Man stabbed in neck with broken bottle

A woman has admitted stabbing a man in the neck with a broken glass bottle, causing four wounds that missed his jugular vein by 1mm.

July 17, 2017 | By More
Jail for receiving stolen war medals

Jail for receiving stolen war medals

A man who said he “did not know the significance” of the stolen war medals he received and tried to sell has been sentenced to 12 months’ prison.

July 17, 2017 | By More
Burglar admits setting club on fire

Burglar admits setting club on fire

A burglar has admitted setting fire to the St Albans-Shirley Club – causing $96,000 damage – apparently in an effort to cover his tracks.

July 14, 2017 | By More
Manslaughter victim’s family praised for ‘dignity’ at sentencing

Manslaughter victim’s family praised for ‘dignity’ at sentencing

The family of manslaughter victim Corey James Protos was praised for their “dignity and restraint” as they faced the sentencing of the woman who strangled him to death in a domestic violence incident.

July 14, 2017 | By More
Drugs robber still denies responsibility for death

Drugs robber still denies responsibility for death

A 29-year-old father-of-two has been jailed for four-and-a-half years still not accepting that he caused the drowning death of Arran Gairns when he was threatened and chased during a drugs robbery.

July 14, 2017 | By More
Bashing murder trial date set

Bashing murder trial date set

September 25 has been set for the start of a two-week murder trial for Peter John Carroll, accused of bashing Marcus Luke Tucker to death.

July 14, 2017 | By More
March date for Christmas day murder trial

March date for Christmas day murder trial

A murder trial for a 22-year-old Christchurch woman charged with stabbing a man to death on Christmas Day has been set for March 2018.

July 14, 2017 | By More

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