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Home detention for arson attack on house

Home detention for arson attack on house

An Ashburton arsonist has been granted home detention for setting fire to the porch at a house with six children inside, including his own twins.

October 23, 2014 | By More
Judge rejects quake connection in $472,000 theft

Judge rejects quake connection in $472,000 theft

A judge has rejected a woman’s claim that a massive theft from her employer partly arose from post-quake trauma.

October 22, 2014 | By More
Man tried to block police search

Man tried to block police search

A man with gang connections tried to block the police making a bail check from entering his address by blocking the doorway, before he was found in possession of methamphetamine.

October 22, 2014 | By More
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

 

Community work for bringing in threatened species

Community work for bringing in threatened species

A long community work sentence has been imposed on a woman who illegally brought threatened plants into Christchurch on a flight from China.

October 23, 2014 | By More
Decade in jail for repeated violence against women

Decade in jail for repeated violence against women

A 26-year-old with a history of violence against women has been jailed for 10 years 4 months for assaults involving binding, choking, stabbing and sexual violation.

October 23, 2014 | By More
Man admits purchase using photocopied banknotes

Man admits purchase using photocopied banknotes

Supermarket staff confronted a 31-year-old Sockburn man who bought groceries with poor quality photocopies of $20 notes.

October 22, 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

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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