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42-months jail for hospital sex attack

42-months jail for hospital sex attack

A man who went to Christchurch Hospital to collect cigarette butts became aroused at the sight of women and committed a sex attack that has led to him being jailed for three years six months.

July 1, 2015 | By More
Remand on police assault charges

Remand on police assault charges

A 29-year-old builder has been charged with injuring two policemen who were arresting him at The Palms Shopping Centre after a domestic violence incident.

July 1, 2015 | By More
Former EQC staffer put on community detention

Former EQC staffer put on community detention

A former EQC staffer convicted last year of misusing the commission’s cars, phone, and fuel cards has now been put on community detention for more dishonesty offending.

June 27, 2015 | By More
School burglary charges denied

School burglary charges denied

A man has denied charges of burgling Darfield High and Darfield Primary School on June 5, at an appearance in the Christchurch District Court.

June 26, 2015 | By More

 

Woman menace ‘attracted to boys’

Woman menace ‘attracted to boys’

The Christchurch woman branded “a public menace” is attracted to pre-pubescent boys, a court was told at her latest sentencing.

July 1, 2015 | By More
Justice Davidson takes up his High Court post

Justice Davidson takes up his High Court post

Special thanks for his work on the Pike River mine disaster inquiry were passed on as Christchurch’s newest High Court judge took up his post with a special ceremony in the city’s most ornate courtroom.

June 26, 2015 | By More
‘Stick together’ on nights out, teen victim advises

‘Stick together’ on nights out, teen victim advises

Friends having nights out must “stick together” says a teenager who was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver after she fell asleep in his cab.

June 26, 2015 | By More
Taxi driver denies sex assault on drunken passenger

Taxi driver denies sex assault on drunken passenger

A taxi driver denies Crown allegations that he abducted and had a sexual encounter with a young drunk woman who fell asleep in his cab.

June 24, 2015 | By More

Police Watch

Homicide investigation launched

Homicide investigation launched

Police have launched a homicide investigation after a five-year-old boy who had been admitted to Christchurch Hospital with critical injuries died this morning.

May 29, 2015 | By More
Three charged after prison death investigation

Three charged after prison death investigation

Police have charged three men with murder following a homicide investigation into the death of 44-year-old Benton Marni Parata after an alleged attack in Christchurch Prison last week.

April 2, 2015 | By More
Homicide inquiry after death at Christchurch Prison

Homicide inquiry after death at Christchurch Prison

Canterbury Police can confirm that the investigation into a serious assault of a sentenced prisoner at Christchurch Men’s Prison on March 25 has been elevated into a homicide investigation.

March 31, 2015 | By More
Police believe two dairy robberies may be linked

Police believe two dairy robberies may be linked

Canterbury Police are investigating two armed robberies in Aranui that they believe may be linked.

February 3, 2015 | By More

Observations

Drink-drive costs pile up

Drink-drive costs pile up

A rebuild worker from overseas has suffered a huge financial setback after breaching New Zealand’s drink-drive laws.
He has been working on the Christchurch rebuild for two years two months while sending money back to his wife and two sons in the Philippines.
He had spent the night at a function out of Christchurch and set off early on June 7 to return to the city, to get to a church service.
He says he swerved on the West Coast Road to avoid a rabbit and slid along the wet grass and crashed through a Selwyn District road sign.
That led to a charge of drink-driving when a check showed a level of 555mcg of alcohol to a litre of breath.
He was fined $650 and disqualified from driving for six months.
He wrecked his car and he has lost his insurance because of the alcohol conviction. He cannot afford to get the car repaired.
The council’s insurance company is now seeking $10,000 from him for the smashed road sign as well.
He may get some help from his workmates to get through all these difficulties.
The court did not hear the fate of the rabbit

June 16, 2015 | By More
The Great Golf Cart Heist

The Great Golf Cart Heist

Four young men faced damage bills after what a lawyer called “The Great Golf Cart Heist”.

May 18, 2015 | By More
Licensing for parenthood

Licensing for parenthood

Grappling with the sentencing of a young dad for domestic violence, Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish came up with the idea of a whole new licensing system.

April 1, 2015 | By More
A glitch in the paper trail

A glitch in the paper trail

The flow of proceedings in Christchurch’s main police court pauses, because the judge is missing some of the weaponry in that courtroom’s constant paper war.

March 31, 2015 | By More

Earlier court news

Acquittal on indecent act charge

Acquittal on indecent act charge

A 20-year-old Rolleston man has been found not guilty on a charge of doing an indecent act in front of two women in the street after a 100-minute trial.

June 25, 2015 | By More
Money stolen from employers repaid

Money stolen from employers repaid

Full payment of reparation totalling almost $10,000 has headed off a jail term for a 35-year-old solo mother-of-two who stole from two employers.

June 24, 2015 | By More
Road-rage accused ‘fit for trial’

Road-rage accused ‘fit for trial’

A man accused of a road-rage assault has been assessed as fit to stand trial by two health assessors and has denied all the charges he faces.

June 24, 2015 | By More
Facebook posting led to house break-in

Facebook posting led to house break-in

A Rolleston house was trashed and burgled of goods worth $74,291 after the burglar read on Facebook that the householder was going to be out of town.

June 23, 2015 | By More
World Cup streaker dodges conviction

World Cup streaker dodges conviction

Fergus Alexander Watts’ cricket World Cup streak was described as “something dumb” by a judge, but the 21-year-old got his discharge without conviction.

June 22, 2015 | By More
Women want man who secretly filmed them named

Women want man who secretly filmed them named

Victims are adamant that they want a man who secretly videoed them to be publicly named, but the issue will go to a hearing in a fortnight.

June 22, 2015 | By More
Warrant on unusual forged banknote charge

Warrant on unusual forged banknote charge

An arrest warrant has been issued for an Ohoka man charged with possession of a forged $100 banknote.

June 19, 2015 | By More
Stepfather denies murder charge

Stepfather denies murder charge

A not guilty plea to a charge of murder has been entered by James Stedman Roberts, the stepfather of a five-year-old autistic boy who died of head injuries in Christchurch Hospital last month.
Roberts, 34, entered the plea at a pre-trial call in the High Court at Christchurch today.
He is charged that on May 27 he murdered Leon Michael leFleming Jayet-Cole. Leon died in hospital two days later.
Justice Cameron Mander remanded Roberts in custody for a case review hearing in the High Court on September 11.
No application for bail has been made for him.

June 19, 2015 | By More
Port co pleads guilty over worker’s death

Port co pleads guilty over worker’s death

The Lyttelton Port Company has admitted a charge of failing to ensure the safety of a worker, Brad Fletcher, who was killed last year when a scissor-lift toppled over at the port.

June 18, 2015 | By More
Brazen shoplifter in custody for sentence

Brazen shoplifter in custody for sentence

A shoplifter with expensive taste in steak – and drugs – is in custody awaiting sentence.

June 18, 2015 | By More