Author Archive: David Clarkson

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Charges against ‘God’ tossed out

March 27, 2018 | By More
Charges against ‘God’ tossed out

It looked a bit like divine intervention, but the problems that beset a case involving “God” at the Christchurch District Court were probably very much human.

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13 years of repayments to forestry trust lie ahead

March 27, 2018 | By More
13 years of repayments to forestry trust lie ahead

A 76-year-old woman has begun a home detention sentence while a family member begins paying back more than $20,000 that she stole from a Southland forestry trust – a process that will take 13 years.

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MPI appeal to stop another ‘didymo-style’ outbreak

March 26, 2018 | By More
MPI appeal to stop another ‘didymo-style’ outbreak

Three Marimo moss balls are “out there” and the Ministry of Primary Industries wants people to hand them in before another didymo-type biosecurity outbreak happens.

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Ponzi schemer’s jailing leaves victims wondering

March 23, 2018 | By More
Ponzi schemer’s jailing leaves victims wondering

Ponzi schemer Paul Clifford Hibbs has gone to jail for eight years for his $17.5 million frauds with victims still wondering if he has assets hidden away.

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No bail bid by sexual assault accused

March 23, 2018 | By More
No bail bid by sexual assault accused

A 52-year-old man charged with sexual violation at a dance school made no application for release on bail when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court today.

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Restaurateur admits $300,000 tax offences

March 22, 2018 | By More
Restaurateur admits $300,000 tax offences

Christchurch restaurateur Jonny Schwass has admitted misapplying tax payments totalling more than $300,000 before his company BTS Restaurants Ltd went out of business last year.

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Blood spatter from pig carcasses found in dairy freezer

March 22, 2018 | By More
Blood spatter from pig carcasses found in dairy freezer

A church fundraiser has led to prosecution after blood splatter from pig carcases was found on other food stored in the freezer of a Stanmore Road dairy.

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Cellphone recording halts animal welfare sentencing

March 22, 2018 | By More
Cellphone recording halts animal welfare sentencing

A man who allegedly threatened animal welfare inspectors was found with videos and photographs of SPCA staff around the Justice Precinct on his cellphone, when he was being sentenced.

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Why police ‘like’ Facebook

March 21, 2018 | By More
Why police ‘like’ Facebook

An online drug dealer says he just never thought that the Christchurch Police might be Facebooking like everyone else.

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Couple charged with $1.4m theft

March 20, 2018 | By More
Couple charged with $1.4m theft

A Christchurch couple has been charged with stealing nearly $1.4 million from an elderly widow.

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