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Judge rejects man’s claim over dog killing

Judge rejects man’s claim over dog killing

A judge has rejected a Christchurch man’s claim that a dog owner wanted him to kill her dog and thanked him after he had stabbed the animal to death.

November 28, 2014 | By More
Bail refused for drugs, firearms accused

Bail refused for drugs, firearms accused

The son of convicted “Black Widow” murder life prisoner Helen Milner, Adam Francis Murray Kearns, has been refused bail on drugs and firearms charges at an appearance in the Christchurch District Court today.

November 27, 2014 | By More
Eight years jail for 21-year Ponzi scheme

Eight years jail for 21-year Ponzi scheme

A 79-year-old lawyer described in court as “a consummate thief and liar” has been jailed for eight years one month after his Ponzi scheme led to losses of $2 million for the people who invested their money.

November 26, 2014 | By More
Worries that third robber is still on the loose

Worries that third robber is still on the loose

Two synthetic cannabis robbers have been jailed but a Linwood store owner remains worried that the third robber who confronted him with two knives has never been caught.

November 25, 2014 | By More

 

Alleged drug ‘mule’ remanded in custody

Alleged drug ‘mule’ remanded in custody

A 27-year-old Auckland woman accused of being a drug “mule” – with methamphetamine concealed inside her body – has been remanded in custody after a brief appearance in the Christchurch District Court.

November 29, 2014 | By More
More serious charges laid over street brawl

More serious charges laid over street brawl

More serious charges have been laid against young men allegedly involved in a street brawl in Dallington on November 1.

November 27, 2014 | By More
Authorities worried about offender’s no-show

Authorities worried about offender’s no-show

A 20-year-old has been missing for days ahead of his sentencing on charge of assaulting a sex worker with intent to rob her and the authorities are worried about him.

November 27, 2014 | By More
Rape victims concerned about trial treatment

Rape victims concerned about trial treatment

A Christchurch man’s two young rape victims have been left with symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder and concerns about their treatment during his jury trial.

November 25, 2014 | By More

Police Watch

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
Bomb scare clears Ministry of Education building

Bomb scare clears Ministry of Education building

Police lifted a cordon at 11am after army bomb disposal experts completed an investigation of a suspicious package left outside the Ministry of Education building in Princess Street, Addington.

September 10, 2014 | By More
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

Observations

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
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

Earlier court news

Custody remand over police chase crash

Custody remand over police chase crash

A man charged over an incident in which six people were injured in Yaldhurst Road during a police chase was remanded in custody at an appearance in the Christchurch District Court today.

November 25, 2014 | By More
Family tensions lead to jail term

Family tensions lead to jail term

On the eighth attempt at sentencing – a process where family dynamics usually got in the way – a six-month jail term was today imposed on a man convicted of receiving a stolen vehicle worth $40,000 at a car-wrecking business in Yaldhurst.

November 24, 2014 | By More
Carjacking accused remanded in custody

Carjacking accused remanded in custody

Bail was not sought for a man charged with an alleged Edgeware Road carjacking at the weekend.

November 24, 2014 | By More
Son of ‘Black Widow’ claims he is a marked man

Son of ‘Black Widow’ claims he is a marked man

The son of “Black Widow” Helen Milner, Adam Francis Murray Kearns, says he has been told his mother has a “hit” out on him.

November 22, 2014 | By More
Prisoner admits biting off part of inmates’ ears

Prisoner admits biting off part of inmates’ ears

A teenage prisoner has admitted biting part of the ear off two inmates after incidents at Christchurch and Otago prisons.

November 21, 2014 | By More
$57,000 payments ordered over workplace accident

$57,000 payments ordered over workplace accident

A contractor feels he has been “discarded” by the company that employed him after he injured a hand trying to stop machinery crushing a worker as it tipped over.

November 21, 2014 | By More
Driver charged over ambulance crash

Driver charged over ambulance crash

A young driver who allegedly wrote-off an ambulance when she was driving unsupervised on a learner licence, was given a registrar’s remand at the Christchurch District Court today.

November 20, 2014 | By More
Jail term for bludgeoning stray cat

Jail term for bludgeoning stray cat

A cat suffered for hours after being bludgeoned so severely with a sharpened stick that it had to be euthanized, the Christchurch District Court was told as the cat’s attacker was jailed.

November 20, 2014 | By More
Sentencing delayed by dispute over weapon

Sentencing delayed by dispute over weapon

Sentencing of a man who had admitted assaults on his mother and stepfather was adjourned today so a disputed facts hearing can be held on whether he took a weapon to their house.

November 19, 2014 | By More
Woman admits bribery in sexual assault case

Woman admits bribery in sexual assault case

A woman has halted her jury trial on a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice by bribery, by pleading guilty at the start of the second day.

November 19, 2014 | By More