Archive for May, 2015

Second boy tells of burning with spoon

May 29, 2015 | By More
Second boy tells of burning with spoon

A second boy has told a jury of a woman burning his tongue with a spoon heated on a stove element, but the defence has accused the boy of getting together with another witness “to make it all up”.

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Homicide investigation launched

May 29, 2015 | By More
Homicide investigation launched

Police have launched a homicide investigation after a five-year-old boy who had been admitted to Christchurch Hospital with critical injuries died this morning.

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Having employee on wrong visa brings fine

May 28, 2015 | By More
Having employee on wrong visa brings fine

The scramble for qualified tradespeople for the Christchurch rebuild has led to an appearance in court by a firm that employed a tiler with the wrong immigration visa.

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Convicted murderer’s court bid fails

May 28, 2015 | By More
Convicted murderer’s court bid fails

Convicted murder John Frederick Ericson’s court bid to hurry along the steps towards his release from prison has been rejected by a High Court judge.

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More historic sex charges in Oamaru case

May 28, 2015 | By More
More historic sex charges in Oamaru case

Eight more charges alleging historic sex offending have been laid against an Oamaru man who is already facing trial on another 48 similar charges.

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Prowler seen as high risk of re-offending

May 27, 2015 | By More
Prowler seen as high risk of re-offending

A 24-year-old man was sentenced to prison for over two years for charges relating to his “dysfunctional sexual behaviour”.

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Defence challenge to boy’s abuse testimony

May 27, 2015 | By More
Defence challenge to boy’s abuse testimony

The defence has challenged a boy’s evidence about being burned with a hot poker and spoon, and made to eat chillis, repeatedly alleging that he was making it up.

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‘Brave and strong’ neighbour tried to stop burglar

May 27, 2015 | By More
‘Brave and strong’ neighbour tried to stop burglar

A neighbour who tried to stop a burglar’s getaway and got wedged between a car and a fence has been described in court as “brave and strong” by a Christchurch District Court judge.

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‘There is never a good day’

May 26, 2015 | By More
‘There is never a good day’

A boy has told Christchurch jury of not being able to eat or drink for two days after being punished by having a heated spoon or a “fire rod” – a poker – put into his mouth.

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Convicted murderer pushing for counselling in jail

May 26, 2015 | By More
Convicted murderer pushing for counselling in jail

A man convicted of murdering his wife 15 years ago has taken a case to the High Court to try to force the Corrections Department to give him the counselling that may lead to his release on parole.

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