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‘Vigilante justice’ warning from judge

‘Vigilante justice’ warning from judge

A judge issued a warning about “vigilante justice” after two brothers from a small migrant community admitted kidnapping and assault charges over a schoolyard bullying incident.

December 15, 2017 | By More
Extra sentence for high risk offender

Extra sentence for high risk offender

A 54-year-old man still assessed as a high risk of violent and sexual offending after doing the Kia Marama programme twice, has been sent back to jail for another long term.

December 15, 2017 | By More
Swearing-in of new judge

Swearing-in of new judge

New Zealand’s newest District Court Judge has paid tribute to her late husband Professor Gerald Orchard at her swearing-in – the first at Christchurch’s new Justice Precinct.

December 15, 2017 | By More
Support needed for shoplifting addict

Support needed for shoplifting addict

Christchurch needs a centre where women can stay with their young children while they battle their addiction issues, said a judge as she released a compulsive shoplifter onto home detention.

December 13, 2017 | By More

 

Five-year term for baby’s manslaughter

Five-year term for baby’s manslaughter

Babysitter Shayal Upashna Sami has been jailed for five years for the manslaughter of a toddler in her care.

December 15, 2017 | By More
Christmas voices at Justice Precinct

Christmas voices at Justice Precinct

For a little while, Christmas carols replaced the sound of the public address system summoning people into the Justice Precinct’s various courts.

December 15, 2017 | By More
Man scribbles his way into custody

Man scribbles his way into custody

A 26-year-old facing a lot of burglary and theft charges picked the wrong day to get bored and creative in his holding cell at Christchurch’s sparkly new Justice Precinct.

December 14, 2017 | By More
Gang involved in commercial extortion

Gang involved in commercial extortion

An unnamed gang has moved into the field of commercial extortion, according to details revealed at a Christchurch District Court sentencing.

December 13, 2017 | By More

Police Watch

Woolston pharmacy robbed at knifepoint

Woolston pharmacy robbed at knifepoint

Christchurch police are investigating a knife-point robbery at a pharmacy on Ferry Road, Woolston.

September 29, 2017 | By More
Police investigating two suspicious fires

Police investigating two suspicious fires

Police are investigating two suspicious fires in the Christchurch area overnight.

September 26, 2017 | By More
Hanmer Springs incident

Hanmer Springs incident

Canterbury Police are continuing to investigate the incident which occurred at a house in Hanmer Springs township on Monday night, September 18, about 9.30pm.

September 22, 2017 | By More
Trio with alleged gang links remanded

Trio with alleged gang links remanded

Two men and a woman with alleged connections to the King Cobra gang have been charged with firearm offences after a police armed offenders squad raid on a house in New Brighton last week.

September 5, 2017 | By More

Observations

Overdue

Overdue

Christchurch’s main list court dissolved into giggles when a woman lawyer told Judge John Macdonald that her client was “18 months pregnant”.

May 9, 2017 | By More
‘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

Earlier court news

Apology for bashing duty lawyer

Apology for bashing duty lawyer

Stephen Andrew Vincent has apologised for the drunken punch that felled a duty lawyer who was trying to help him at the Court House.

December 8, 2017 | By More
‘God’ gets bail

‘God’ gets bail

“God” is allowed to go home. Judge Moses said so.

December 8, 2017 | By More
Security guard jailed for cash machine raid

Security guard jailed for cash machine raid

Disgraced security guard Tony John Williams came to court with a $37,818 cheque to pay for his shopping spree with money stolen from an ATM he was meant to be protecting.

December 8, 2017 | By More
Rest home worker’s toilet selfie admitted

Rest home worker’s toilet selfie admitted

An 18-year-old rest home worker posted a selfie online of a 88-year-old woman resident on the toilet because she “wanted to share her love of work”.

December 7, 2017 | By More
Plucky 13-year-old girl stood up to attacker

Plucky 13-year-old girl stood up to attacker

A plucky 13-year-old Whanganui girl intervened when her family was under threat, but ended up having her hair pulled and her head banged against a kitchen counter by a 50-year-old attacker.

December 6, 2017 | By More
Girls robbed online dates

Girls robbed online dates

Girls aged 16 and 17 cried and wailed as they were jailed for kidnapping, robbing, and assaulting Christchurch men they met on dating websites.

December 6, 2017 | By More
Woman left little girl to look after family

Woman left little girl to look after family

A woman texted her pre-teen daughter, telling her never to forget that she was an amazing girl and to look after her little brothers. Then she boarded a flight to Australia.

December 6, 2017 | By More
Guilty pleas on prison gang attack charges

Guilty pleas on prison gang attack charges

Three men have admitted a prison-yard gang attack that put two rivals in hospital with broken bones.

December 4, 2017 | By More
Denial over meth importation charge

Denial over meth importation charge

One of the two men charged with importing 49 kilograms of methamphetamine from Mexico pleaded not guilty to his charges in the Christchurch District Court.

December 4, 2017 | By More
Bail refused for having child abuse porn

Bail refused for having child abuse porn

A 61-year-old man has admitted having over 290 images and videos that depict adults having sex with children, and various animals, on his computer.

December 1, 2017 | By More

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