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Woman still fearful after attacker jailed

Woman still fearful after attacker jailed

A Christchurch woman remains fearful for her safety when the man who effectively kidnapped, threatened and stabbed her is eventually released from jail.

October 1, 2014 | By More
Woman’s vertebrae cracked in assault

Woman’s vertebrae cracked in assault

A man who cracked a woman’s vertebrae during a vicious domestic assault has admitted a charge of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm and is in custody for sentencing next month.

September 29, 2014 | By More
Custody remand for Merivale armed robbery accused

Custody remand for Merivale armed robbery accused

A 20-year-old man accused of being the balaclava-clad robber of the Merivale TAB nearly four weeks ago is already in custody on firearm charges.

September 29, 2014 | By More
Fine for photos of women, children using Hagley Park

Fine for photos of women, children using Hagley Park

A man who took 269 photographs around Hagley Park, including many of women and children’s breast and buttock areas, has been convicted of offensive behaviour and fined $600.

September 26, 2014 | By More

 

Elderly truck driver was certified before fatal accident

Elderly truck driver was certified before fatal accident

The father of a young woman cyclist crushed and killed under a truck in June says he is angry at the trucking company Bidvest for employing a driver who was aged 75.

October 1, 2014 | By More
Court House ‘slugger’ now struggling with alcohol abuse

Court House ‘slugger’ now struggling with alcohol abuse

The man who slugged Christian morals campaigner Graham Capill after he admitted child sex abuse charges in 2005 now admits he is struggling with alcohol and needs a drink to get out of bed in the morning.

September 29, 2014 | By More
Landlord tells of threats over false quake claim convictions

Landlord tells of threats over false quake claim convictions

Landord Sally Mengtung Ye says she has been publicly vilified and received threats because of the publicity surrounding her high profile fraud trial over false quake damage claims.

September 26, 2014 | By More
Help and hope for squatter, court told

Help and hope for squatter, court told

“Uncle” will have to do 40 hours of community work for his repeated squatting in abandoned buildings, but there was a glimmer of hope at his Christchurch District Court appearance today.

September 25, 2014 | By More

Police Watch

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
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

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

Guilty verdicts at Rangiora murder trial

Guilty verdicts at Rangiora murder trial

Guilty verdicts on murder and wounding charges have been delivered against both men involved in a fatal drugs robbery or burglary that went wrong at Rangiora a year ago.

September 24, 2014 | By More
Man videoed his own sex offending on cellphone

Man videoed his own sex offending on cellphone

A father-of-two who videoed himself as he sexually violated and raped a sleeping woman has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

September 24, 2014 | By More
Jury considering verdicts in Rangiora murder trial

Jury considering verdicts in Rangiora murder trial

The jury is considering its verdicts for two men accused of killing and wounding two brothers, on the eighth day of a trial in the High Court at Christchurch.

September 24, 2014 | By More
Sentencing delayed for massage indecencies

Sentencing delayed for massage indecencies

Sentencing has been delayed for a 60-year-old man convicted of a series of indecencies during massages while he undergoes more medical testing including a brain scan.

September 24, 2014 | By More
Drug rehab ordered for brazen shoplifter

Drug rehab ordered for brazen shoplifter

A brazen and recidivist shoplifter will serve his nine months home detention sentence in drug and alcohol rehab at Odyssey House, after his sentencing in the Christchurch District Court today.

September 23, 2014 | By More
Father went to ‘rescue’ of his son

Father went to ‘rescue’ of his son

A father who rammed the car of boy racers who were in a confrontation with his son has admitted charges of dangerous driving causing injury, just before his Christchurch District Court trial was due to start.

September 23, 2014 | By More
Timings crucial in murder evidence, says defence

Timings crucial in murder evidence, says defence

Timings are crucial to Shaun Robert Murray Innes’ claim that he was not present when the fatal stabbing was delivered in what has been described as a Rangiora drugs robbery, his defence team says. [Updated report.]

September 23, 2014 | By More
Further attempted murder charge laid against accused gunman

Further attempted murder charge laid against accused gunman

Further charges of attempting to murder another WINZ staff member and of setting a man-trap with intent to injure have now been laid against accused Ashburton gunman Russell John Tully.

September 23, 2014 | By More
Crown witness stole officer’s cellphone at court

Crown witness stole officer’s cellphone at court

A Crown witness at a Christchurch murder trial began her court visit by stealing the cellphone of the officer-in-charge – and was caught when the phone went off while she was giving her evidence.

September 22, 2014 | By More
Man admits stabbing dog to death

Man admits stabbing dog to death

After stabbing a dog to death for killing his rabbit, Andrew Joseph Salisbury said: “You know I had to do it. Life for a life.”

September 19, 2014 | By More