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Over-eager getaway driver admits role in robbery

Over-eager getaway driver admits role in robbery

Marcus Raphael Hatcher has admitted being the getaway driver who left one of his armed robbers behind when he sped off from the scene of a synthetic cannabis raid.

October 21, 2014 | By More
Victim of vicious assault praised by judge

Victim of vicious assault praised by judge

A sentencing judge has praised the bravery of a woman who has just returned to work three months after the vicious domestic assault that cracked her vertebrae.

October 20, 2014 | By More
Crown alleges woman made false claims in statement to court

Crown alleges woman made false claims in statement to court

The Crown opposed continued bail for a woman when her sentencing on thefts totalling $472,000 was delayed for a week, alleging she had “made false claims” in her financial statement for the court.

October 16, 2014 | By More
Ten-week jail term for repeated trespasser

Ten-week jail term for repeated trespasser

A 59-year-old recidivist trespasser was sentenced to ten weeks prison in the Christchurch District Court today on a charge of wilful trespass.

October 16, 2014 | By More

 

Alleged fatal crash driver further remanded

Alleged fatal crash driver further remanded

The alleged driver of a car in a crash that caused the death of one, and injuries to two others, was further remanded without plea in the Christchurch District Court today.

October 21, 2014 | By More
Stolen goods traded for cannabis

Stolen goods traded for cannabis

A cannabis grower at Balcairn, North Canterbury, has admitted receiving high-value stolen goods in payment for his drugs.

October 20, 2014 | By More
Five charged with woman’s rape

Five charged with woman’s rape

Five men have been charged with the rape of a woman in North Canterbury on the same day several months ago.

October 20, 2014 | By More
Get-away glitch left armed robber behind

Get-away glitch left armed robber behind

The get-away car got away – leaving one of the armed robbers behind – during a raid targeting cash and synthetic cannabis at an R-18 store in Linwood.

October 16, 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

Remand on drug, firearms charges

Remand on drug, firearms charges

Police opposed bail for a 31-year-old man with alleged gang links who was arrested on drug and firearm charges after a raid on a property in Avondale, Christchurch, this morning.

October 15, 2014 | By More
Preventive detention assessment for sex offender

Preventive detention assessment for sex offender

The Crown may consider preventive detention for a repeat sex offender who admitted an indecency charge in the High Court at Christchurch today.

October 15, 2014 | By More
Guilty pleas to manslaughter over burns death

Guilty pleas to manslaughter over burns death

Two Christchurch men have admitted manslaughter charges over the death of a man who was burned in an incident in April last year and died about two weeks later in Middlemore Hospital, Auckland.

October 15, 2014 | By More
Jail time on remand seen as enough for scammer

Jail time on remand seen as enough for scammer

Inveterate scammer of the elderly for petrol money, Kim Michael David Barwell, won’t have to serve more prison time for his latest crimes after spending four months in custody on remand.

October 14, 2014 | By More
Offender’s self-destructive life takes a turn

Offender’s self-destructive life takes a turn

It was tempting to “throw away the key” for a 26-year-old offender whose joyride in a stolen taxi was tracked on the car’s GPS, said a judge.

October 14, 2014 | By More
High risk teen to get a ‘taste’ of prison life

High risk teen to get a ‘taste’ of prison life

A teen will spend his 18th birthday this Friday in prison to give him a taste of what to expect if he doesn’t quit his offending.

October 14, 2014 | By More
Remand on stolen vehicle charges

Remand on stolen vehicle charges

Police did not oppose bail for a Pines Beach man facing five charges arising from the finding of an alleged stolen vehicle “chop shop” in North Canterbury.

October 10, 2014 | By More
Long recovery ahead for Rolleston crash victim

Long recovery ahead for Rolleston crash victim

Up to a year of rehabilitation lies ahead of the passenger seriously injured when an overseas driver drove a rental car through a stop sign at Rolleston and was struck by a car towing a horse float last week.

October 10, 2014 | By More
On-line porn addict paid a high price

On-line porn addict paid a high price

An on-line porn addict paid a high price – loss of most support from family and friends – when he told them he was being prosecuted for possession of thousands of images of child abuse pornography.

October 9, 2014 | By More
Accounts manager admits dishonesty charges

Accounts manager admits dishonesty charges

A Christchurch accounts manager has admitted two dishonesty charges and has been remanded on bail for sentencing in December when he may seek a discharge without conviction.

October 9, 2014 | By More