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Assault accused sliced own neck, trial told

Assault accused sliced own neck, trial told

Assault accused Douglas James Archer cut his own neck with a craft knife when he was approached by police in Linwood Park four days after his mother and stepfather were allegedly attacked.

August 26, 2014 | By More
Graffiti attack on National billboard admitted

Graffiti attack on National billboard admitted

Spraying graffiti on a National Party billboard and resisting the police who caught him has brought a community work sentence for a 21-year-old Christchurch man.

August 26, 2014 | By More
Woman alleges she was coerced into sex

Woman alleges she was coerced into sex

A Filipino migrant alleges she was blackmailed into having sex by a man who threatened to reveal naked photos he found on her laptop computer.

August 25, 2014 | By More
Three in court on drugs charges

Three in court on drugs charges

Two people arrested at Christchurch Airport and a third arrested in a Christchurch property faced drugs-related charges in the Christchurch District Court today.

August 25, 2014 | By More

 

‘Rangatira’ begins jail term

‘Rangatira’ begins jail term

A mother has pleaded in court for her son to be allowed to return to his whanau as “Rangatira” now that his father, South Island Black Power gang president Ardie Beazley, has died.

August 27, 2014 | By More
Court told of on-line exchanges before sex incidents

Court told of on-line exchanges before sex incidents

A lawyer has dissected the on-line exchanges that led up to two sexual incidents that are now the subject of a blackmail-for-sex trial in the Christchurch High Court.

August 26, 2014 | By More
Judge questions whether false quake claimant is ‘deluded’

Judge questions whether false quake claimant is ‘deluded’

A judge has raised the question of whether Christchurch landlord Sally Mengtung Ye could be “deluded” and whether he should call for a psychiatric report before her sentencing on fraud charges.

August 25, 2014 | By More
Thrown knife lodged in man’s skull

Thrown knife lodged in man’s skull

A 21-year-old woman admits she angrily threw a knife which lodged in the skull of her partner, but the Christchurch District Court was told the couple are now “working on their relationship”.

August 25, 2014 | By More

Police Watch

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
Vehicles stolen near Christchurch Airport

Vehicles stolen near Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Police are warning motorists to be vigilant when parking vehicles on public roads surrounding Christchurch International Airport.

August 21, 2014 | By More
Christchurch bravery awards presented to police

Christchurch bravery awards presented to police

The Governor-General, Lt Gen Sir Jerry Mateparae, has presented four Christchurch Police officers and one former officer with bravery awards for their actions following the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

August 14, 2014 | By More
Police investigate spate of Avonside fires

Police investigate spate of Avonside fires

Christchurch police are investigating a cluster of fires that occurred in the Avonside area in the early hours of this morning. 

August 12, 2014 | By More

Observations

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
Quote of the Week: Scribbles unwelcome

Quote of the Week: Scribbles unwelcome

“If Leonardo da Vinci comes along and paints the Mona Lisa on my fence, and I don’t want it there, it’s graffiti.”

January 21, 2014 | By More

Earlier court news

Home detention granted after shotgun blasts

Home detention granted after shotgun blasts

Home detention has been granted to a 20-year-old who fired a stolen shotgun four times at a tree in New Brighton’s Rawhiti Domain.

August 23, 2014 | By More
Man convicted of drink-drive fatality

Man convicted of drink-drive fatality

After two hours of deliberations, a jury has convicted Cody Marcus John Pierce of the drink-driving crash that caused fatal injuries to his passenger.

August 22, 2014 | By More
Son gets prison leave for Black Power dad’s funeral

Son gets prison leave for Black Power dad’s funeral

A High Court judge will allow Chance Mangukaha Beazley – now in custody facing sentence on a robbery charge – out of prison on Monday to go to the funeral of his father, South Island Black Power president Ardie Beazley.

August 22, 2014 | By More
Jury retires in driving death case

Jury retires in driving death case

The jury in the Cody Marcus John Pierce driving death trial retired at midday to consider its verdicts.

August 22, 2014 | By More
Man has spent years living in car

Man has spent years living in car

A 57-year-old man has spent three to four years living in his car, apparently often parking up in shopping mall carparks overnight.

August 22, 2014 | By More
February date set for murder trial

February date set for murder trial

February 9 has been set for the trial of Timothy Joseph Foley on a charge of murdering a woman at a Linwood house in June 2012.

August 22, 2014 | By More
Defence says fatal crash driver wasn’t drunk

Defence says fatal crash driver wasn’t drunk

The jury deciding on the verdicts in a Darfield man’s fatal crash trial was told by his defence counsel that it could not be sure how much he had been drinking at a party beforehand.

August 22, 2014 | By More
Jury hears discussion about intoxication symptoms

Jury hears discussion about intoxication symptoms

People showing signs of intoxication would probably be at or over the legal limit for drink-driving, an expert witness has told the jury in fatal crash trial.

August 21, 2014 | By More
Return of a difficult customer

Return of a difficult customer

Homeless, erratic, and an opportunist thief, Wade Clinton Jeffs has continued his reputation as a difficult customer.

August 21, 2014 | By More
Expert assesses fatal crash scene

Expert assesses fatal crash scene

Motion of the four-wheel-drive vehicle involved in a fatal crash near West Melton were typical of a vehicle that has entered a corner too fast, an expert witness told the trial of Cody Marcus John Pierce.

August 20, 2014 | By More