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Teenager found guilty of murder

Teenager found guilty of murder

A jury has found teenager Taniela Kotoitoga Daven Tiako Waitokia guilty of murdering 87-year-old Harold Richardson in his Upper Riccarton home.

December 2, 2016 | By More
Murderer faces sentencing for prison stabbing

Murderer faces sentencing for prison stabbing

The man who beat and stabbed 21-year-old Lisa Hurrell to death in her Hornby home in 1998 is now in custody awaiting sentencing for a “frenzied” prison stabbing using a homemade knife.

December 2, 2016 | By More
Laser light points to prison

Laser light points to prison

A Hornby man who endangered passenger aircraft approaching Christchurch Airport by shining a laser pointer has been jailed for 10 weeks.

December 1, 2016 | By More
Teenager ‘expected praise’ for home invasion

Teenager ‘expected praise’ for home invasion

A woman told of a teenager coming home with alcohol and electronic items from a “home invasion” and behaving as though she should be proud of him. [Updated report]

November 30, 2016 | By More

 

The Lost Boys of Riccarton

The Lost Boys of Riccarton

The murder trial of Taniela Kotoitoga Daven Tiako Waitokia showed us the Neverland lives of the Lost Boys of Riccarton.

December 2, 2016 | By More
Family ’emotionally slaughtered’ by child abuse offending

Family ’emotionally slaughtered’ by child abuse offending

The mother of a sex abuse victim has talked about the family being “emotionally slaughtered” by the offending of a man who is now beginning a five-year seven-month jail term.

December 2, 2016 | By More
Jury retires in teenager’s murder trial

Jury retires in teenager’s murder trial

The jury retired before 11am to consider its verdict in the trial of teenager Taniela Kotoitoga Daven Tiako Waitokia, charged with the murder of 87-year-old Harold Richardson in his Upper Riccarton home.

December 2, 2016 | By More
Teen’s intent ‘at heart of murder trial’

Teen’s intent ‘at heart of murder trial’

A jury has been told it must focus on the intent of a 16-year-old at the moment he bashed an 87-year-old man over the head with a bottle in his Upper Riccarton home.

December 1, 2016 | By More

Police Watch

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
Police seek Parklands arson witnesses

Police seek Parklands arson witnesses

The police are appealing for witnesses to a series of fires in Parklands.

March 22, 2016 | By More
Police investigate bus driver robbery

Police investigate bus driver robbery

Canterbury Police are investigating the knife-point robbery of a bus driver was robbed at Broadhaven Park in Parklands about 7.15pm on Saturday January 9.

January 11, 2016 | By More

Observations

The Good Question Department

The Good Question Department

“Next time, if you pay for your meat, you can eat it.” Judge John Brandts-Giesen provides some basic advice to a shoplifter prosecuted in the Christchurch District Court.

September 21, 2016 | By More
Judge needles accused drug user

Judge needles accused drug user

Quote of the Week: “It’s ironic for her to claim she doesn’t like needles.”

July 1, 2016 | By More
Woman needed a lift

Woman needed a lift

A 22-year-old Templeton woman didn’t believe in half measures when she apparently needed a ride.

March 17, 2016 | By More
Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week

“It’s about time your brain started driving your behaviour rather than other parts of your anatomy.”

January 24, 2016 | By More

Earlier court news

Not guilty verdicts in ‘darkweb’ drugs trial

Not guilty verdicts in ‘darkweb’ drugs trial

A jury has accepted a Christchurch man’s claim that someone else must have ordered drugs on the “darkweb” using his computer.

November 30, 2016 | By More
Yaldhurst shooter claims self defence

Yaldhurst shooter claims self defence

A man who shot his victim in the thigh told the probation report writer that he was acting in self defence, the Christchurch District Court heard today.

November 30, 2016 | By More
Teenager ‘polite but drugged’ on night of killing

Teenager ‘polite but drugged’ on night of killing

A teenage murder accused appeared “polite but drugged” when he turned up at the Odyssey House rehabilitation centre after killing an elderly Upper Riccarton man in his home. [Updated report]

November 30, 2016 | By More
Sword used in taxi confrontation

Sword used in taxi confrontation

A man who ran off without paying his taxi fare and then confronted the driver while holding a sword, was sentenced to community work and supervision in the Christchurch District Court.

November 29, 2016 | By More
Nightmare road-rager reassures his victims

Nightmare road-rager reassures his victims

A road-rager has gone to jail for three years after assuring the five victims he rammed upside down into the Avon River that they have no ongoing reason to be scared of him.

November 29, 2016 | By More
Talk of hidden safe before fatal encounter

Talk of hidden safe before fatal encounter

Discussion of a hidden safe took place before a night time raid that left an 87-year-old hoarder bashed to death on the floor of his Upper Riccarton home.

November 29, 2016 | By More
Judge accuses govt of breaching child’s rights

Judge accuses govt of breaching child’s rights

Mothballing of a wing at Christchurch’s youth justice facility has led a judge to accuse the Government of breaching the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

November 28, 2016 | By More
Hoarder bashed to death in his home

Hoarder bashed to death in his home

An 87-year-old man – living in a house crammed with hoarded goods – was bashed to death in his Upper Riccarton home by a teenager whose life revolved around getting money to buy synthetic drugs.

November 28, 2016 | By More
Earthwork company must pay $152,500 for employee’s death

Earthwork company must pay $152,500 for employee’s death

An earthmoving company must pay $152,500 for the death of a Filipino employee in a workshop accident at a northern Southland goldmine.

November 25, 2016 | By More
Woman jailed for $355,000 benefit frauds

Woman jailed for $355,000 benefit frauds

A woman who dishonestly received benefits totalling over $355,000 was jailed for more than three years in the Christchurch District Court today.

November 25, 2016 | By More

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