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A family held a large photograph in court of a father who has died, as his son was jailed for four years six months for a series of violent inner city muggings.
Second-strike offender Vernon Neil Bugden will have to serve all of the nine-year jail term imposed today for a rape he committed while a serving prisoner on work release.
A Christchurch engineering company must pay $80,000 for a fall a contract worker had on a building site when his safety harness was not properly secured.
A third man who prevented a prosecution by his lies to police after a fatal crash on the Otira Gorge has been sentenced to nine months’ home detention.
A 24-year-old born with an opiate addiction admits he was “high as a kite” during three Christchurch incidents where he drove as though he had a death wish.
Pay-wave and tap-n-go bank card systems made it easy for Ricky James Foster to carry out his two-month crime spree around Christchurch’s petrol stations.
A gang prospect was bashed in Christchurch Men’s Prison because he had failed to “take out” an opposing gang member who had been disrespectful to the Mongrel Mob.
A Teddington man has admitted unlawfully taking a $34,000 motorcycle but denies three stabbings that took place in an incident at a property in Johns Road, near Christchurch, in late August.
A judge has admitted being “mystified” by a caregiver’s continuing denials that she stole more than $3500 from the bank account of a 79-year-old dementia patient.
The victim of sex offending up to four decades ago asked in court for an apology as his abuser was sentenced and granted home detention. He didn’t get it.
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