Author Archive: David Clarkson

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Police ‘taste test’ on food laced with pills

December 11, 2013 | By More
Police ‘taste test’ on food laced with pills

A detective constable conducted a blind taste test on pork stir fry laced with the drug Phenergan as part of the preparations for the case against murder accused Helen Elizabeth Milner.

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Drug addict gets ‘Golden Bay’ treatment

December 10, 2013 | By More
Drug addict gets ‘Golden Bay’ treatment

A Christchurch judge has allowed a 22-year-old woman to continue with alternative therapy and counselling in Golden Bay that has got her off the methadone programme ahead of her sentencing for arson.

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Acquittal in long burglary trial

December 10, 2013 | By More
Acquittal in long burglary trial

A jury has found a Canterbury woman not guilty on alternative charges of burglary and receiving stolen property from a neighbouring house at the end of an eight-day Christchurch District Court trial.

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Quote of the week: Headmaster’s office looms

December 10, 2013 | By More
Quote of the week: Headmaster’s office looms

“The headmaster’s office will be open in the New Year.” – District Court Judge John Strettell.

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Suicide note signature ‘did not look right’, trial told

December 10, 2013 | By More
Suicide note signature ‘did not look right’, trial told

A handwritten signature on a suicide note did not look the signature of Philip James Nisbet, his son said in evidence on the seventh day of the trial of Mr Nisbet’s wife who is charged with murdering him.

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Son tells of talk of murder by accused

December 9, 2013 | By More
Son tells of talk of murder by accused

[Updated Report] Helen Elizabeth Milner’s son says he found her one night crushing up powder after she had spoken repeatedly of wanting to “get rid” of her husband and talked about ways she could do it.

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Fine for ‘citizen’s arrest’ that led to prosecution

December 6, 2013 | By More
Fine for ‘citizen’s arrest’ that led to prosecution

Kaiapoi business owner Dave Clemence has been fined $3000 for his citizen’s arrest that led to him going on trial for assault and kidnapping.

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Huge bill for ‘broke’ tours promoter

December 6, 2013 | By More
Huge bill for ‘broke’ tours promoter

A man who says he has $4.50 in the bank has been fined $45,000 and ordered to pay $26,368 back to the customers he cheated with his Elton John concert travel arrangements.

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Wounding charges denied

December 6, 2013 | By More
Wounding charges denied

A 20-year-old denies two charges of stabbing men aged 20 and 21 in a group confrontation in Merivale last month, and is taking the case to a jury trial.

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Difficult repeat offender admits trespass

December 6, 2013 | By More
Difficult repeat offender admits trespass

A difficult woman with a long criminal history has been convicted and discharged without penalty for trespassing at a shopping centre where she says she went in out of the cold.

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