A brazen and recidivist shoplifter will serve his nine months home detention sentence in drug and alcohol rehab at Odyssey House, after his sentencing in the Christchurch District Court today.
Timings are crucial to Shaun Robert Murray Innes’ claim that he was not present when the fatal stabbing was delivered in what has been described as a Rangiora drugs robbery, his defence team says. [Updated report.]
A Crown witness at a Christchurch murder trial began her court visit by stealing the cellphone of the officer-in-charge – and was caught when the phone went off while she was giving her evidence.
Prosecution of a South Brighton man who allegedly threatened a WINZ staff member two weeks ago has been transferred from Christchurch to the Te Kuiti District Court.
A father who rammed the car of boy racers who were in a confrontation with his son has admitted charges of dangerous driving causing injury, just before his Christchurch District Court trial was due to start.
Further charges of attempting to murder another WINZ staff member and of setting a man-trap with intent to injure have now been laid against accused Ashburton gunman Russell John Tully.
After stabbing a dog to death for killing his rabbit, Andrew Joseph Salisbury said: “You know I had to do it. Life for a life.”
A professional burglar who was deported from Australia after serving jail time there, immediately started burgling shopping malls throughout New Zealand.
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.
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.
Christchurch Police are warning motorists to be vigilant when parking vehicles on public roads surrounding Christchurch International Airport.
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.
James Tahere has given up on Christchurch and the city will have to get back on its feet without him.
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.”
A man who got drunk and played “chicken” in the traffic has ended up in custody for his own safety.
“If Leonardo da Vinci comes along and paints the Mona Lisa on my fence, and I don’t want it there, it’s graffiti.”
Earlier court news
People who indulge in “stand-over bullyboy tactics” could expect no sympathy from the court, said a Christchurch District Court judge as he jailed a man for six years five months.
Witnesses have told of Jason William Baker expressing concern about something he had done around the time of a raid that the Crown says was a fatal attempt at a drug robbery in Rangiora last year.
A 29-year-old man has been jailed for six years nine months after admitting the rape of a sleeping woman after a party in Sydenham.
Evidence suggested a murder accused drove around the streets apparently looking for someone and then driving erratically in a car that was eventually abandoned along Christchurch’s Northern Motorway.
A Rangiora man has told of yelling to his brother to “get a gun” during a desperate struggle with an intruder at the doorway of their home which ended with the fatal stabbing of the brother.
A Rangiora man was stabbed to death during a drugs robbery gone wrong, the Crown said at the opening of the trial of two men charged with murder. (Updated report)
The Crown is seeking forfeiture of $2258 in cash found in the possession of a motorcycle gang member who has now admitted a methamphetamine charge.
An emotional apology to the family of a manslaughter victim was delivered from the dock by the man who kneed him in the head, causing a fatal brain bleed.
A two-week trial beginning April 13 has been set for a Christchurch woman charged with the murder of 30-year-old Cory James Protos.
An 11-year-old girl saved her own life by leaping from the moving car being driven by the 18-year-old man who had just raped and strangled her.