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Teen on false complaint charge

Teen on false complaint charge

A teenager who allegedly told the police she had been abducted for sex was charged with making a false statement, in the Christchurch District Court.

April 26, 2017 | By More
Arrest warrant issued for absent fraudster

Arrest warrant issued for absent fraudster

An arrest warrant has been issued for fraudster Ann-Marie Kathrine Smith who was in Christchurch Hospital when she was due at court to be sentenced and to repay her victims.

April 26, 2017 | By More
22-year-old admits cheating woman out of $75,000

22-year-old admits cheating woman out of $75,000

A 22-year-old has admitted manipulating and deceiving an older woman into giving her over $75,000, and then spending the money on clothing, makeup, alcohol, concerts, accommodation, and flights.

April 23, 2017 | By More
Hung jury in drug and rape trial

Hung jury in drug and rape trial

A jury has been unable to reach agreement in the seven-day trial of a 31-year-old meth dealer charged with stupefying and raping a woman on the West Coast in 2014.

April 19, 2017 | By More

 

High risk offender jailed for ESO breaches

High risk offender jailed for ESO breaches

A high risk sex offender has been jailed for his 20th and 21st breaches of his extended supervision order.

April 26, 2017 | By More
Second man admits sports shop ram raid

Second man admits sports shop ram raid

A second man has admitted a slick ram raid at a Barrington sports store in which $50,000 of merchandise was snatched and $15,000 damage was done.

April 24, 2017 | By More
Christchurch man charged over shooting, robbery

Christchurch man charged over shooting, robbery

A 23-year-old arrested after a double shooting at Rolleston and the armed robbery of the Hotel Ashburton was remanded in custody at an appearance in the Christchurch District Court this afternoon.

April 20, 2017 | By More
Not guilty plea in blackmail case

Not guilty plea in blackmail case

Name suppression has lapsed for a 37-year-old New Brighton man who denies a charge of blackmail.

April 14, 2017 | By More

Police Watch

Canterbury car thieves target Mazda Demios

Canterbury car thieves target Mazda Demios

Over the past four months Canterbury Police have seen a marked increase in the number of Mazda Demio vehicles stolen. 

April 18, 2017 | By More
Police ‘sting’ catches out licensees

Police ‘sting’ catches out licensees

Canterbury police say they are “very disappointed” with the results of liquor licence testing with under-age customers being able to buy alcohol.

December 23, 2016 | By More
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

Observations

‘Wrestling in the mud’

‘Wrestling in the mud’

“Arguing with a judge is like wrestling with a pig in the mud. You both get dirty and after a while you realise that the pig is enjoying it.”

March 15, 2017 | By More
Pedalling drugs

Pedalling drugs

A 46-year-old was already on bail when police tried to stop his vehicle in early March, and they signalled him to pull over by using the patrol car’s lights and sirens.

March 6, 2017 | By More
Mum left smarting by judge’s comment

Mum left smarting by judge’s comment

A mum left court smarting after a judge called her “a shocking role model” for her 22-year-old daughter who was standing in the dock.

January 9, 2017 | By More
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

Earlier court news

Guilty verdicts in historic sex trial

Guilty verdicts in historic sex trial

A jury has accepted two women’s evidence of sex offending dating back as far as the 1950s, and convicted a 77-year-old man on eight charges.

April 13, 2017 | By More
Fraudster has two weeks to get money for victims

Fraudster has two weeks to get money for victims

A fraudster has been given two weeks to come up with the $3750 she conned out of two victims, or face a possible jail sentence.

April 12, 2017 | By More
Eight years’ jail for bat attack on pregnant woman

Eight years’ jail for bat attack on pregnant woman

A man who attacked a woman until he saw a “lifeless unmoving body on the ground” was sentenced to prison for eight years three months.

April 12, 2017 | By More
Marylands abuse victim sentenced for violation

Marylands abuse victim sentenced for violation

A man who endured more than a decade of childhood sexual abuse at Marylands special school has been granted home detention after admitting a drunken sexual violation.

April 12, 2017 | By More
Three deny murder charge

Three deny murder charge

Three people have denied the murder of a man who was found injured at Sumner last month, at appearances by video-link in the High Court at Christchurch today.

April 12, 2017 | By More
Marriage scammer to stay in Australia for sentencing

Marriage scammer to stay in Australia for sentencing

For the second time, Immigration New Zealand has stymied the sentencing of a marriage scam fraudster by refusing her entry into the country.

April 11, 2017 | By More
Alleged shooting victim gets more time for court appearance

Alleged shooting victim gets more time for court appearance

Police were refused an arrest warrant when a man allegedly shot in a gang incident on March 30 failed to appear on other charges at the Christchurch District Court today because of his injuries.

April 11, 2017 | By More
Bail granted on courtroom bashing charges

Bail granted on courtroom bashing charges

A man charged with bashing a witness in a High Court hearing on Monday has been allowed bail and released from custody at the Christchurch Court House.

April 11, 2017 | By More
Punches thrown in High Court

Punches thrown in High Court

Violence erupted during a break at a hearing over a gang home invasion at the main High Court courtroom in Christchurch.

April 10, 2017 | By More
Date rape drug used by meth dealer, Crown claims

Date rape drug used by meth dealer, Crown claims

The Crown alleges the date rape drug GHB may have been used on a woman by her meth dealer before he raped her in her Greymouth home.

April 10, 2017 | By More

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